I have completed 3 HM's using the run/walk technique. At my last HM ( 18 months ago before I busted my foot ) , I set out intending to run/walk it , but sort of got tied up with a 2 hours 20 pacing group running non-stop - on the spur of the moment and because I knew many in the group, I stuck with it for 13 K (blowing away my 10K PB ) and finished up with 2 hours 23mins result. I now realise that this will be my 'epitome" of my running career. Now that I have embarked on the course of completing a full marathon - and being REALLY daunted by the distance - I am trying to get my mind around it and how I can tackle it. So - I have been practicing a new concept - instead of run/walking I have been doing walk/running!!! I need to achieve an average pace of 9 mins per k to complete the marathon within the cutoff time of 6:30 - but my mind is telling me that I cannot possibly run that distance at that pace - but I could maybe walk that distance at that pace. Trouble is I walk at 10:30 mins per K - so I would have to run just a little bit to get that back up to 9 mins per k. So - I set out walking for a minute and then "run reasonable comfortably" for 30 seconds - and guess what, the average pace is 9 mins per K - I think I might have this worked out!!! Who said that you cant think and run at the same time????
Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to all my NHS friends . Did you all have a run on early morning Christmas Day ( and if not, WHY not!!) Here is where I did 8K at 5AM