The no pressure run
I've done everything I hoped to on two feet this year already, 2012 was the year of the pb - 10% off every one, apart from the marathon where it was 'only' 5%...
2013 has been about going long, as long as I thought I could go and then the next day, and the day after that... I've only got one pb... 5 miles, painfully close to my dream time of under 50min, but still a shade to go.
Top 5 5ks, second fastest 10k and way back in the snow of Cambridge my second fastest half Marathon...
So, it's back to Newcastle. Where all of this running stuff began, a course that I used to consider hilly (!) and the friendliest people on a course you could want. This is the run I suggest for non-runners, for those who want to say I've done a half and no more, and those who've never done a big run. It's not perfect, sometimes it's a long way from that but by hell is fun!
So, no pressure. My 'speed' work has consisted of 3 fairly speedy for me 5ks, and 2 8:32 miles... Apart from that, 20 & 11 miles in the Peak don't really count.
So, race strategy... If the weather is at forecast, wet, windy & chilly then it's pedal to the metal and hope my endurance carries me through... If hot then I may just tuck in and enjoy the experience...
See you on the other side