>Racing>Whoops! Bigger race than I thought...
How To Run a Marathon: Step 1 - start running. There is no Step 2.
Sub 19:00 for 5K 05-03-13 Clee Prom 5K - 19:00:66 that was bloody close!
Sub-40:00 for 10K 17-03-13 Gainsborough 10K - 39:43
Sub 88:00 for HM
I think this 10 mile run you are planning will tell you a lot about what your strategy should be. Without that knowledge at the present time I think going out at 2 hour pace (9:10min/mile) is a big ask for a distance that you have never done before.
If you were to ask me - and feel free to totally ignore me as I have not run a race for years - I would say treat the first 10 miles as a training run (ie 10:00min/mile pace). If you feel you have anything left in yourself after that then race the last 3.1 miles (5k) - a distance you have more experience of. If the energy is gone then run the last part at the same pace. This would still give you a very reasonable first HM time of approx 2 hrs 11 mins.
I am a little worried about how I'll feel tomorrow. Any suggestions for preparing me for pain would be very appreciated!
My goal for next Sunday's 13 mile race is to finish...bonus would be to finish in under 2 hours 15 minutes ( Berner - Is that more realistic ?)