Running race 1:22:16  13.12 mi (6:16 / mi)
Race Day - Great North Run. First time running the great north run. Pretty warm with the boards around the course saying it was 15 degrees, clear sky and a little breeze. Started well and managed to hold back the speed on the first mile reasonably well which wasn’t easy to do in the elite field. Happy with how the first 8 miles played out and feel like I paced it pretty well and managed to get reasonable splits on the uphill sections. My shoes were rubbing really bad on the top of my right toes from around mile 6 and one of them burst at mile 7 making it really painful each time my right foot pushed off. Gradually slowed down from mile 8 and found miles 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 a struggle. One of the problems I had was that I couldn’t take advantage of the downhill sections as my right foot was too painful with the rubbing. Managed to pick it up on the last mile thanks to the amazing crowds at that point which must’ve been 12 deep in places!
Overall thought on course was that I’m surprised it is an overall net downhill course as it certainly feels as though it is net uphill when running it. There are a few big declines however it feels as though you are spending a lot of time running up gradual inclines.
A lot of positives to take from the race: (1) my avg. pace was still under what I’m aiming for the marathon; (2) managed a reasonable time after being off colour for most of the week: (3)finishing time was still within the elite time criteria; (4) didn’t finish last in the elite field; and (5) paced it quite well over the first 8 miles.
Splits: 5:43, 6:10, 5:58, 6:19, 6:22, 6:03, 5:59, 6:03, 6:37, 6:25, 6:46, 6:47, 6:16 and .1@6:05.