Those that know me well know that my race tactics are usually to start hard, try and hang on, then fade fast at the end…often resulting in huge positive splits; indeed I’ve ran my second fastest mile (05:38) ever in the first mile of a 10k. That was a painful experience that I will recount on here one day.
Anyway, back to today…tonight sees me take on a local 10k road race at Laxton. For those that don’t know, Laxton is a very flat, rural 10k and is great for chasing down PBs. That said, I’ve never managed to PB on this course and I’ve ran it three times..! The problem I have with flat, fast course, is the fact that I tend to set off like a teenager who’s just stolen an xBOX. Today however I intend to break the streak of positive splitting and go for the elusive negative split. Sure I won’t PB as I’m not in PB shape…despite having a good block of training over the previous weeks my diet has not been what it should have been and I am currently carrying an extra 12lbs or so. The target for the day is a solid (ideally low) 42.x for the 10k.
So what should a 42.x 10k look like…ideally I will be off at around 06:50/mi pace for the first four miles, then will look to increase the pace slightly in mile five, before burying myself in mile six. If I can execute this plan then I should comfortably manage the 42.x and you never know, a real hard last 2k may just see me dip into 41.59.
Wish me luck, it’s hotter than Satan’s under-crackers today and I will need to remain focused and ‘on-track’.