I went in with the plan of running marathon pace for the run in preparation for London at around 4:10-12/km to test the pacing thinking that the pace would be pretty tough given the Goodwood Duathlon last weekend and no taper.
The first km was characteristically quick, at 3:44 before settling down to around 4:00/km.
It was a little faster than I was originally intending but it felt good so I carried on at that pace. I felt good for the majority of the race holding this pace with all the km splits between 3:57 and 4:06 until the 19th km.
Although my legs were beginning to feel the pace from the weeks running I decided that having paced the race sensibly to give the final 2k all I had left running the remaining kms in 3:39 and 3:37 to gain about 15 or 20 places in that time to finish in 1:24:01.
It bodes well for London if holding that pace is comfortable for a half, especially with no taper, and I reckon that if I had ‘raced’ properly for a time I would have been a good couple of minutes quicker. I certainly felt good. I’ll have to give the pacing for the London marathon some more thought based on today.
To add to the good day the wife and my sister both set PB’s by 5 minutes as well.