>Racing>Worst results on 10K and 9K than on half marathon splits
I wouldn't be able to tell why, but I suck at short distances:
I have done a 10K in 42:22 and a 9K (cross country) in 41:48... and I was exhausted. I was feeling like dying at the end and wanting to throw out.
My pace in the 10K was 6:50, on the 9K a shameful 7:30... while I my half marathon pace was 6:53... and I could have done 6:50 easily. I felt worse after yesterday's 9K running a bit over 40 minutes than running at a way faster speed for almost 3 times the distance. Sure, I hadn't trained for two weeks but the 10K was supposed to be in my peak period.
And it's not lactate threshold because the difference is minimal. In the half marathon I hit the 5k at 20:18 and the 10K a bit over 41 minutes and I wasn't tired at all.
And on the other hand I don't seem to improve much in terms of speed at this distance. I feel as if the barrier of 41 minutes was the speed of light, you can approach it but not be faster. And while this happens on this distances I do feel confident to try a 3:15 or 3:10 marathon... not a sub 3:00 yet, but who knows.
"If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to."Emil Zatopek
A Saucy Wench
So warm up longer
I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets
"When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7
It depends on so many factors - Taper, rest, nutrition, if your body is just being difficult on a particular day
1st time I ran a sub 3 marathon 2:56:10 (6:43) , I ran a 10k 3 weeks later in 42 minutes (6:47)
The 10k was a trail race although not a particularly hard one (2 miles of easy road) and I busted everything I had in the 10k. Stuff happens - I was perfectly tapered for the marathon. I was not for the 10k - I drank beer the night before the 10k and did not sleep well.
Retired 1/1/13 ... Tired of being broken and fat ... New goal 12/29/15 - To be able to enjoy running 4-5 hours through the woods again in 2016.
Yes. I know exactly what you are talking about. I believe Ennay is right. You've got to wake your body up.