The first marathon I finished feeling strong and fast happened because I saw a friend when I crossed the starting line.
He lives far away and we chatted quite a bit. He was a marathon player and had to run slowly to avoid injuries and be able to run a lot of races.
He was really disciplined about his pace and I fell back off the chat.
After a few miles I said goodbye to running my race. I picked up the pace and ended up feeling better than usual towards the end.
I was able to push myself in the last miles and hit negative splits (which has rarely happened before)!
I knew you should never have ‘bank time’ to go out so fast but I couldn’t help myself!
Accelerating myself slower than I would normally -> resulted in a faster sprint than my usual strategy.
If you are new to running or racing, start slower than you think you should.
Tips for getting over yourself:
- If you’re satisfied at the midpoint -> Accelerate!
- If you feel satisfied in the last third -> speed up more!
- If you’re satisfied with a few miles to go -> go for it! See what I made!!
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