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Sundays weather and half marathon pace

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Mar 2013
8:14pm, 21 Mar 2013
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mr d
I have been lucky with the weather in the four previous half marathons I have run.

Sunday looks like being rain free, but will be at or below zero with 15-16 mph winds, it's a relatively flat course and I was hoping for a pb, should I ease off my planned pace and take on more pre race fuel and layer up? I am thinking tights, shorts, gloves, short sleeve base layer and long sleeve top layer.

I am also coming off the end of a head cold and a tiring couple of weeks at work, hopefully I will get some rest and a couple of good nights sleep pre race.

Any advice welcome.
Mar 2013
8:28pm, 21 Mar 2013
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Derby Tup
Around freezing and 15 mph winds sounds fine to me. If you're running pb pace the kit you listed or a bit less should be more than okay. Good luck! I'd go for it :-)
Mar 2013
8:31pm, 21 Mar 2013
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clairevmc
Hiya,

Do you know how exposed the course is - how much the wind is likely to be a major factor? Personally I think you are going to be over dressed - remember how much faster and therefore hotter you get in races (or is that just me) - my last HM pb was run in 1oC and I wore shorts, vest and gloves. Again this is just my personal opinion but I would go out at your planned pb pace - you can always slow down - at least that way you still have a pb as an outside option - starting slower means you're definitely not going to pb. Have a good race - I'm racing Sunday too and hoping not to have to be running in snow.
Mar 2013
8:39pm, 21 Mar 2013
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mr d
Course is quite exposed, country lanes and arable fields almost all the way. I wasn't sure if the tights were too much. Had shorts and two layers on the Sunday 7 in November and I was warm the last mile or so, but this in nearly twice the distance and I won't be going as fast.

Hopefully I will stop hacking up as breathing is important no matter how many layers you have on!
Mar 2013
8:41pm, 21 Mar 2013
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clairevmc
Do you have a Buff/tube scarf? It might be worth wearing something like that to keep your throat warm if that's a concern.
Mar 2013
8:45pm, 21 Mar 2013
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mr d
I have a vast array of buffs thanks to cycling to work until very recently. Good advice to add to all the previous good advice!
Mar 2013
9:04pm, 21 Mar 2013
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fleecy
Buff, gloves, anything removable and light is good. My half on Sunday wasn't as cold and not windy but I was soaked before the start and I was glad of both. I took my gloves off halfway round and tucked them into my capris. I tend to get hot in races, wear slightly less than you would for the same weather in a training run.
Mar 2013
9:10pm, 21 Mar 2013
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Old Croc
vest and shorts - maybe a base layer - £1 shop gloves then you can chuck them if get warm. Tights will be too warm when racing
Mar 2013
9:14pm, 21 Mar 2013
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mr d
Cheers Fleecy and Old Croc, tights was something I wasn't considering before when it was forecast at 1, but when it changed to -1 I started considering them.

Buffs are great as you can just wrap them around your wrist when you stop needing them.

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