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I had a disappointing day at Brighton yesterday, and would appreciate some help trying to work out where I went wrong.
A bit of background as to my (meagre) ability can be found on my Power Of 10 profile:
Based on my run in the Birmingham 1/2 last year, I drew up this training plan. A major factor is the amount of time I have to train due to work, so couldn't fit five runs per week. Felt this was a decent compromise, and as you can see, it suggested a decent result.
Following the plan was ok. It pushed me, but I could do, and did, all the sessions and recovered fine. Obviously the weather this winter played a big part, but nothing really suffered apart from the final 20 mile run which had to be replaced with 12 miles XC in the snow.
The goal for Brighton was sub-4hr. Given that plan, and my result in the Ashby 20, I felt this was comfortably achievable, so decided to put myself in the 3:45 pace group. I finished Ashby feeling good and with some left in the tank. As you can see here it was a decent run:
Contrast this to yesterday's effort:
Up to 16 miles felt fine, legs good, plenty of energy. Then my legs just stopped working and seized. Still had loads of energy, so hadn't 'hit the wall', but legs got stiffer and stiffer and eventually reduced me to a walk with cramp. Only around mile 25 was I able to get them moving again and jog slowly over the line.
I've identified a few issues, but wondered if anyone else has any thoughts? I can see:
A) I aimed too high. Based on my run at the Ashby 20 I thought I was good for 3:45 so I joined that pace group. Should have gone for the 4:00 as that was what I ran at Ashby, and upped the speed in the last mile to get under 4 hours.
Food wasn't ideal the day before because of the travelling. For Ashby I was at home and could eat right.
C) Pacers weren't very good and I wasn't strong enough to cope with it. 3:45 is 8:34 pace. We ran the first 5 miles all over the place, but mostly high and then the next 7 at 8:20 and below to get back on time. So we went through 13.1 bang on time but the increase in pace was too much for me.
Today, I feel fine. Some stiffness in the quads, but certainly not the kind of 'John Wayne' walk I really should have after a max effort, which indicates it wasn't a max effort. Ok, so it was a 25 minute PB, but I feel I got nowhere near what I should have been capable of.