Posted: 06/04/2015 at 19:54
I see your final 'long' run - 9 miles at MP - turned into a bit of a progression-fest! I suspect you needed to do that to blow away some doubts and nerves, so my verdict is 'so be it!' It won't cause a problem for your race.
I also note that you say you're still undecided about your race strategy. I would suggest that you decide one way or the other before the day. I think toeing the line with an 'I could do A, but maybe I'll do B.. or C' attitude will not help you focus and remember how hard it is to do those calculations with a fuddled brain on the run. Much easier to know in advance what your plan is, even if you do end up modifying it towards the end.
For thread followers, the starting point of mine and Andrea's discussion re. pace strategy for Paris was that she really enjoyed the 5-pace progression that I used in her final long run - the 17 miler. She wondered if we could do the same thing at Paris:
eg. 10.15 for 5 miles 10.10 for 5 miles 10.05 for 5 miles 10.00 for 5 miles 9.55 for 6.2 miles = 4.24.07 But that's quite a lot to think about. Especially if the mile markers are actually km markers
. I outlined one of my favourite strategies - the '2 x 10 miles and a 10k' strategy: For Andrea, this could be 10 at 10.15, 10 at 10.10 and 10k at 10.05 = 4.26.49. At present, Andrea is thinking about a compromise between the two, breaking the second 10 miles into 2 lots of 5 miles, with the 2nd 5 slightly faster. For me, the overarching goal is for Andrea to finish in under 4 hours 30 minutes. Even if she has the potential to go quicker (and the stats suggest she does), the foot niggle and training interruptions lead me to be cautious. And this way, if she gets to the last miles of that final 10k and still has energy to burn, she can up the pace accordingly and finish with a flourish...