||Top tip for how not to run a marathon - start out without
any clear idea of your pace and just wing it. Quite a big
positive split today (2h10m first half / 2h30m second half).
The ideal way to run a marathon is to have a firm idea of
your marathon pace - and run as evenly as possible
throughout - even going for a negative split if possible.
Today I set off about 9min/miles as I felt good, and hoped
the 41 miles last weekend would stand me in good shape for
this kind of pace. The first five miles were great, and even
the next 5 didn't see me slow too much. Then the sun went
in, I got cold, my legs got heavy and the going got tough as
my pace fell away. Miles 20-24 were a slow slog, resorting
to walking breaks to get my energy back into the cross-winds
on the fairly exposed Milton Keynes parkrun course (with an
extra Â½ mile loop on each lap).
Still first marathon of the week done & dusted. The next one
is back at Caldecotte lake on Sunday - number 7 of this race
series (there are 15 people doing all 7 days!)