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Just wanted to get some more expert opinions on pacing myself in the Great North Run. I have no previous race experience but training has been going OK and I believe I can run it sub 2 hours if I don't ruin my efforts by setting off too quick.
My best training runs have been a 6.5 miler at 7.55 pace which left me knackered, (would have struggled to sustain the effort any longer) and a 10.6 miler in 1hour 31mins - think the average pace was about 8.38.
Should I set off and try and run bang on 9 minute pace or slightly under throughout, trying to run the last mile quicker if I have anything left or do I try and run it at 8.30/8.40 pace, giving myself a chance of a low 1.50s time but risking tiring and slowish up at the finish?
Any views much appreciated?