My original plan was to run 35 Km. I would run the first 5 Km by myself and then Tamami would pace me for 20 Km and then I would run the last 10 Km by myself.
Got up at 7 AM as planned and had finished breakfast by 7.18. Leaving for the Lake at 8.30. Took a Gel at 8.35 as planned and started running at around 9 AM.Temperature was 11 at the start and rose to 19. Light wind and clear sky. Felt warm enough.
I decided not to wear my Garmin as I get too obsessed with the time for each Km. As it was I ran too fast in the first 5 Km. Just on 5 min pace ( 8 min mile pace) which may sound awfully slow but for me on a lightly graveled track is fairly quick. I also felt a bit sick. I will change my time of breakfast to 2 and half hours before running. That may help.
Met a couple of Kiwis at about 8 Km who were training for their first half marathon. Both about 25 years old but a bit slower than me. Jogged a couple of Kms with them and started to feel a bit better.
Tamami was a great help. But by the time her 20 Km stint was coming felt an end ( about 25 Km) I felt tired and about finished. I ran on for another 5 Km but decided to stop at 30 Km as I thought I would be dipping into the death stagger if I went on….I will save that for the Big Day. 🙂
I took a gel at 15 Km and another at 25 Km. I decided not to drink today( Despite Tamami telling me to). I can drink in the Marathon and maybe feel better than I did today.