When you race do you take any notice of your surroundings or are you "in the zone"?
I concur!!! I seem to only remember the annoying/distracting things though - like I remember the Sutton Park 10k - there was this little girl on a bike cycling with the runners and she was just ahead of me and getting in my way for quite a big section Also this woman racer went bounding over to some spectators and their large dogs, only about 3k into the race (and stayed with them chatting!) At Wedgenock (Warwick) I remember a marshall saying 'good form' when I ran past - and at Brecon a marshall saying 'lookin' good!!'. At a run back in March when it had snowed the previous night, I was busy dodging puddles so looking at my feet most of the way!I tend to have very vivid memories of particular "snap shots" during the early part of a race. Boy in a wheelchair clapping / Mum and toddler cheering / lone American shouting "Awesome - way to go guys" at every runner.
The latter stages are a bit of a blur...