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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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My last race had that problem. My second km was run in 4:25, and then I ran a 3:35 3rd km - and that one was mostly uphill. One of my best feeling races I've ever run was without a watch. I ran by feel, and set a pretty decent HM PR. Still, I think that those who are counseling you to take it out a bit slower than your goal pace, and then kick it if you're doing well are on the right track. Nothing kills confidence more than going out too fast and crashing in the second half.
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