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race mindset/tactic question

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Hi. Starting to think about my first event of 2008. March 30th, 16 mile road race (very flat course). I've a stated goal to run this in 2:16, 8:30 pace. C - race . Strategically I see it as a link between winter base building and the spring/summer, sort of a major test: where am I, fitnesswise?<br><br>
I've not run a race with a specific time-goal before (never been fit enough); have previously gone into these things thinking vague , hope I finish - wonder how long it'll take?, type thoughts.<br><br>
So the question(s): Do I aim at every mile marker and look to be 8:30 per mile consistently through the event (and speed up if I'm strong near the end). Do I deliberately aim to run 5 or 8 or even 10 miles slower than 8:30 and then see where I'm at/how i feel? Do I try to find another runner who seems to be at my level and use them as a tow?<br>
What mind-set works for you? Any advice? tnx.
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If it is a big race, you need to account for the crowds in the beginning. I am one for finding your pace as soon as possible and sticking with it. However, protect against going out too fast. Better to sneak up your target pace from below. This means you will need to hit the later miles a couple seconds faster. Since it a C race, if it is not there at mile 15, let it go. Too early to risk injury.<br><br>
If I am ever a RD, I will put two 'pace checker 1/2 mile markers', one after about 1/4 mile to give the crowds time to even out, then another at the 1 mile point. I think that would be a benefit to people trying to settle in. You could fight for 1/4 mile, check your pace for 1/2 mile. Then do some math to figure out if you are okay. Hit the mile mark and check again. I think that would keep people from freaking out at the one mile marker thinking they are 30 seconds per mile behind.<br><br>
Mike, that's a great point, especially for someone wanting to hit a pace. I'd rather have no markers than a mis-marker.
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