Posted: Yesterday at 15:30
...Fast forward to this year, I manage to knock 4 minutes off that time at Berlin. It was technically a negative split, but only by 3 seconds, so effectively a very evenly paced race. 35-42km was run within 1sec/km of average pace, i.e. bang-on, but I felt absolutely terrible! So a negative split would have been a more pleasurable experience but I am sure would have produced a slower time. I don't want to put myself through such an experience every time I race, but to my mind it was absolutely the best way to run the fastest time possible.
That's a great picture Phil, the pain you're suffering is abundantly obvious. I think that picture is as perfect an illustration you could find of how hard running, especially racing, really is.
I've tried to lift heavy weights, i've cycled hard, i've done competitive sports of varying degrees but nothing quite matches the latter stages of a race when you've put everything in to it and all that's really left is the last tiny fragment of your energy reserves and your frayed resolve. You have no wheels, no team mates and no aid to support you. It's your legs ability to carry your weight and your mind's ability to motivate them to keep doing it. Racing is tough.