Posted: 04/03/2014 at 14:29
I too like the 10, 10, 6 strategy, having always gone with halfway, 20, *the rest*, & just get to 20 in 3 hours then do utmost, factoring in the extra distance to that last 10K rather than freaking sooner too.
Had a bit of a mare at Reading - Left knee pain kicked in at 4ish, mildly, right soleus protested very slightly in the last couple of miles, so from that point of view it was all very reassuring on the injury front.
It was total carnage out there though - worse than the marathon as less patience at the start, & I quickly reframed my goal, & actually finished just one second better than for my Brighton half training run I think - 1:53:22 anyway - had hoped to go sub 1:50, but had low energy on the day, and just didn't feel like the fight, becoming increasingly grumpy at the frustrations all the way, including those awful water pouches, getting elbowed so hard I nearly fainted, and having a massive bloke fall sideways onto most of my left leg and a traffic island.
They're all on caffeine this lot. Speaking of which my 2nd 5K was way too fast & that would be down to a C gel @ 3 miles.
I have had less funny items appear on YouTube than the start I had, where I got tangled in a plastic bag and a foil blanket on the line with my tag bleeping away, & couldn't kick them off.
Horrible if very doable.
I'm thinking that the carb load really was too much, felt shattered yesterday, and like I was battling 7 lurgies simultaneously.
However today I was sprightly & all ready to hit the track, where I had a storming set of 2 min Vo2 max reps, 2 min jog, 20 secs maximal, walk back x 7, with 1.5 miles easy either side. This is a Sam session I loved last year. I like something to think about.
Paces have come out at just under 7mm/just under 6mm at WORST! I should point out that Christine O & the team were practising for the weekend on the same track, and I was possibly being more runnery than usual, but this is through the roof for me. And I got faster not slower as reps progressed.
James I'm liking your race strategy a lot, & am very confident on your behalf for the 3:45.
James Linney nice 20 there, I'm pondering what to do on mine this Sunday. Will probably try not to wipe myself out with 17 x 9:45, 3 x 8:45 or something. Finishing faster on most runs really helped me at VLM last year.
I like F1 as well, but then I like everything to varying degrees from darts & snooker to ski style.
Killer half Ruffles!
Orapidrun you're going to have to make up that half mile, I get it! I often wonder the same, & have met a few so I know there are forumites everywhere i go.
It's all getting close now, March is mental.