Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:40
I would say start at an even 9:40.
Yesterday at Reading I did 1:48:36. I'm very happy with that. I did 20miles last Sunday and think my legs were definitely the problem. Lungs and heart rate all happy but at 10-11 miles I tried to get my legs to go faster and they just wouldn't respond. Weird feeling as my heart rate was really comfortable.
Lessons learned yesterday.
1. Calibrate foot pod or expect to run longer than the course. I've got new trainers to start wearing, Reading was apparently 13.44 miles long that's about 2.5% longer than it should have been. Although my training runs are coming up fine according to mapmyrun planned routes.
2. Don't get caught near the inside at bends. People just take the shortest route. Kept getting tripped and cut up at the beginning. Maybe my 13.44 miles was due to taking it wide on the corners.
3. Pay attention at water stations and stay away from the center and edges of the road, again people just suddenly veer across to get water.
4. Warm clothes in bag to wear at the end. If you don't need them you don't have to put them on.
Now I know why I stick to races less than 1000 runners