Practice pacing yourself

4. February 2019

It’s such a great feeling when you can still pick up the pace in the last third of a race or training unit. To achieve this, you need to pace yourself and, above all, make sure you don’t start too fast. Right at the start, your sentiments usually belie the effective level of exertion required, which time and again can cause many athletes to collapse as they try to achieve a supposedly new best time. Those who practice their potential racing speed during training will run less risk of overdoing it in the race. One exercise, for example, is to go running for 20 minutes and then turn round and try to get back before the full 40 minutes are up.