- 1. Run slower in training than you will run in the race.
- 2. Start Slow to Finish Strong.
Funny Runner left an AMAZING comment:
When I qualified for Boston last fall my main strategy was to focus on NOW. I think we tend, in a marathon, to worry about how we will keep it up for the miles ahead. I focused on how I felt NOW. Am I feeling strong? Yes. My strategy was to run as hard as I could while I felt good. I had a mantra to keep myself focused and to push pain and fatigue out of my mind. I pushed away thoughts of how I would keep up the pace and focused on how I felt right at the moment. And it worked..... Don't be afraid. Ask yourself what's the worst that can happen. You run out of steam, so what. Don't slow down in ANTICIPATION of running out of steam. Just run hard as long as you possibly can.
I think I will take her advice. Go with my body. Trust my training and just RUN!! The rest will take care of itself.
- What are your thoughts?
- Do you train slower than your Goal time? How has that strategy worked out for you?
- Are you a Tortoise or Hare at the start of a race? How has your pacing strategy played out good/bad/etc?