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I wouldn't fancy laps of a track for 14 miles! Have you got a nearby canal? That's always good for traffic free running.
Mace, I did have the same issue in York, I just had enough time to cover it. Had I been 10 seconds the other way, I wouldn't have been able to push mile 25 or 26 on at all. It is a very different thing to being tired and letting things drift and then having a talk with yourself and picking back up. It is much more debilitating at the time.
It is noticeable that my HR went up quite a bit very suddenly in the last 3 miles. It will have risen some as the course was more difficult in the last 3 miles, but when you consider my pace drop as well it was quite a difference. It is definitely a mental thing as it came on as soon as I started seeing the 10 mile marker and what my time was. It was almost like my brain treated that as some sort of finish line and kick in with its usual nonsense.
David, I don't take anything during race or usually within an hour of the race. We put a stop to my pre-race feasts a few years ago when I used to have jelly, rice pudding, porridge, 3 pints of water etc all to race a 5 miler.
Nice stuff, Skinny. Seems that you are still very much determined to get back to the running eventually.
Stevie G said:
Skinny. One more race. Make that your target and who knows beyond that