Monday, October 09, 2006


Monday 5.0/45:39/9:08 average pace

Easy after work run.

I think I have the beginings of a race strategy. Stay with me here folks, this is pretty complex. Here it is- I'm going to start the race conservatively, then pick it up in the last several miles. Pretty crazy eh!?! I just came up with it. In previous races, I thought I'd start off totally fast and hope to God I could maintain it, and avoid fading away toward the end. Somehow, that didn't work! Wtf?

Ok, seriously I know this is the FIRST thing you learn about running a race. But somehow I managed to have the opposite strategy almost every time. So I'm going to go out a bit slow and then finish strong. I know I can do this, but it's going to take some serious dicispline to start slow.

Anyway, I just thought it was pretty funny how I had this big light bulb moment, and turns out it's the biggest cliche in sports. Totally obvious, yet I understand it for the first time.



Eed said...

I think you might be me. In high school I ran the half mile. 2 laps. My first lap I was meters in front of everyone, then would finish in the back of the pack. I couldn't manage my race any other way. Let me know how your strategy ensues....

McBrideFarm said...

Sounds like a winner! It's so hard to rein yourself in on race day. So far I haven't managed such a strategy either. --Sarah (runsally)

Marathon Maritza said...

Hmmm...let me think about this one.

Last year, my first few miles were under 9 minutes. Then some of my next miles were under 10.

Hmmm...and yet I ended up with a 10:45 average pace overall.


Jen said...

Wow, I'm in good company! I thought I was the only one. I think practicing running negative splits in training is our best hope of doing it in a race.