I set out this morning for my 12 mile plod. This would be my furthest distance since the Birmingham Half and I was looking forward to seeing how I’d cope. After a gentle start, around 10mm, my legs warmed up and I found myself clawing back the pace until I was running at about 9.20mm overall. There were a few moments where I had to grit my teeth but nothing too serious until I hit the last mile, from the Swan roundabout down to Acocks Green, when I started to get knee pain and legs of jelly. I stuck it out until I hit 12 miles and then walked the remaining half a mile.
The lesson learned today? I need to slow down. Today’s pace was 12 seconds a mile faster than last week’s 10 mile run and though it doesn’t sound much, it was probably the reason for the painful finish. The 4 hour target is motivational, but I don’t want to repeat the mistake I made last year when I treated every run as a possible pb. Pushing myself too hard was almost certainly the cause of my IT band injury, something I’d like to avoid again if at all possible.
So, I should balance the need for the determined spirit I mentioned yesterday with a healthy dose of realism and physical care!
Anyway, accurate pacing requires the right tool for the job so I finally splashed out on the Garmin. I’m so looking forward to putting my phone away until the end of a run!