Running race 3:35:19  31.3 mi (6:53 / mi) +92m 6:49 / mi
slept:8.0 shoes: Salomon Sonic RA
Anglo-Celtic Plate 50k. 2nd.
I did a warm up lap of the course then ran through the warm up exercises. That hamstring tightness from yesterday had gone.
It was a windy day and the park is quite exposed, but at least the majority of it was dry. The first 16miles were uneventful. I stuck to 6:45 pace well, and it felt comfortable. From about 16-24 miles I started to work a bit harder, but held the pace fairly well. It was quite an abrupt deterioration after that. I felt like my quads and hip flexors were seizing up, like it was more of a mechanical thing that I was slowing down. It was a nippy day, and although I didn’t feel cold I wonder whether wearing tights may have helped. It was quite frustrating as I felt like I had the energy to push on but on couldn’t get my legs to move faster (I guess this is just normal though). Those final 7 miles were between 7:00 - 7:24/mile.
I kept to my fuelling plan of a gel every other lap, with some water here and there. No issues with this, and I felt my energy levels were ok throughout.
After I finished we walked a lap which sorted my legs out. I’m fairly happy with the result, it’s just a shame about those last few miles. I guess the wind may have taken more out of me early on which meant that the planned pace was a bit optimistic, or my quads were seizing up for another reason, like getting cold.