With one week to go before my 1/2 marathon, I wanted to be sure I could maintain my target pace of 5:24/km over a longer distance. Like most, I run my long distances sllloooooowwwwlly.... so it's a check of where I'm at.
I decided to do my 14K run at 1/2 marathon pace.
The good news is that I did it, quite easily in fact. I finished it 2 minutes quicker than intended, with a pace around 5:15/km.
What concerned me was that I had a very hard time finding 5:24 and sticking to it.
I was all over the place:
I always felt like I was going too slow, and when I'd try to back off I really would go to slow! Some of it is attributable to downhills and uphills, but mostly it was an inability to find the right pace.
I'm not quite so worried for the event, I'm sure there will be people in groups settling in to pretty consistent paces that I can hang with. If I find myself passing people suddenly or being passed, then I'll assume that I'm not being steady.