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I think that counts as a long run Jools. Good one.
A half at MP is always OK LMH. Especially when the route isn't ideal.
Hampton Court Half this morning. I rode over there (just 8 miles or so, downhill!) to avoid parking issues and because it was a nice morning for it. I cut it a bit fine but at least I was warmed up. The first few miles were at what felt like the right pace but in hindsight were a little ambitious - 5 miles in 29:23 and 10k in 37 flat were OK but I don't seem to be able to maintain pace like I used to, especially when there's uneven pavement, tight turns and going up and down kerbs to contend with - getting back through Kingston I was losing the back of the little group I'd been with to then.
That said, give me an even surface and a straight route and I'm still OK just about - the stretch along the towpath from Kingston to Hampton Court was much better, 10 miles in a shade over the hour but the little rise onto Hampton Court Bridge and miles 10-12 being a bit uneven made it all hard work. At 12 miles I figured sub 80 was passing me by but with someone in front slowing down I had a target and managed to get a bit of a shift on. Luckily I didn't know where the finish was - I assumed it would be where the start line was but it turned out to be 200m further on, which meant I'd basically started my finishing sprint earlier than I'd have liked for my own comfort but meant I snuck in just under 80 minutes, 79:53, and as it turned out, first V50.
So it turned out OK but a lesson learned - I'm going to have to be a lot more careful with early pacing come VLM.