Did all my stretching and core work today and then headed up to run with the club. Went a bit early so I could get a warm-up lap done so as not to make the same mistake as last week. Ended up doing 7 miles by myself as only the men and some of the faster ladies were there and as I just mention repeatedly I need to concentrate on doing my own pace right now while I'm building my mileage...at least outside of sessions at the track.
Its not that I want to plod along indefinitely at my own slow-ass pace. I just want to throw in faster stuff when my legs feel like it rather than trying to keep up with faster runners during my easy runs. I'm new to this running with people thing and when I started going to the athletics club first I wasn't getting any recovery or easy runs in. For the ego this was probably good but it was no good for my poor old legs and I found I didn't have anything left for racing and I love to race! With myself mostly :)
So did the first couple of miles at about 9min/mile and dropped that to 8:15-8-30 for the next 5. Felt very comfortable so would be a good half marathon pace so a safe plan for the half in may could be to keep to that pace for 10 miles and go for some negative splits after that. That should bring me in under 1:50 but maybe it's a bit conservative? Early days yet....will see how the build up goes.