Earlier today I finally got around to uploading the data from my Garmin for last Sunday's race. The picture is clear. Surprising from mile 8 onwards I was starting to feel the pace and slowing. The slowing pace may also have been as a result of the 'hills' on the course which started after the 7 mile mark. This was a surprise to me because after the race I had thought that it was from mile-10 onwards that it all fell apart.
I was talking to a fellow runner at the start line and we were warning each other about the dangers associated with the downhill start (approx 1.5miles). Unfortunately I was carried away with the occasion and I didn't take my own advice!!!
These are the splits which speak for themselves - my target pace was 6:29 - I really stuck to that plan!! I've also put in my recent Cork Half Marathon splits for comparison in brackets. Just goes to show that regardless of whether you start slowly and pick up the pace or run fast from the off the end result will be the same!!
Mile 1 6:14(6:54) - 158 bpm
Mile 2 6:07(6:43) - 171 bpm
Mile 3 6:09(6:41) - 175 bpm
Mile 4 6:22(6:42) - 178 bpm
Mile 5 6:33(6:50) - 181 bpm
Mile 6 6:21(7:05) - 181 bpm
Mile 7 6:28(6:35) - 181 bpm
Mile 8 6:31(6:19) - 181 bpm
Mile 9 6:55(6:23) - 182 bpm
Mile 10 6:53(6:20) - 182 bpm
Mile 11 7:20(6:28) - 183 bpm
Spot the trend!!
I was the 8th Irishman home, 370th male finisher and 65th in the M35 category.
BTW the most important statistic is that I was only beaten by one man in fancy dress and he was dressed as Batman - so that's OK!!
This week will essentially be a recovery week with alot of rest days and some 5 to 7 miles runs. There won't be much to report so I'll leave any posts until the end of the week...