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Not good race strategy leads to a new PR (Read 887 times)

    So today I had a meet at my highschool and I was running in the 1600m/anchor leg of a distance medly (1200m-400m-800m-1600m). Once I got the baton I was WAY to hyped up and started in a almost a sprint. When a senior on my team caught up to me(I was on the B team so I got the baton later) he told me to draft off of him. Trying to keep up with him was a BAD idea. By the 800m split I was wicked tired but still wanted to PR but I heard as I crossed the 800m marker my time was 2:59. I literally freaked out and turned in to turbo mode. I managed to finish the race with a PR of 3 seconds at 5:52. But a quick question which do you guys think is better: consistancy or fast and slow laps?


    HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

      I'm no expert, but I generally assume even splits are more optimal. But I've PR'd off of fast starts myself -- my guess is that I'm afraid to go out fast enough to PR unless I'm caught up in adrenalin with other people.

      It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.

        I personally feel consistency is important- saying that, though, my first 200m is almost always faster than the 200-400m point...

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          I personally feel consistency is important- saying that, though, my first 200m is almost always faster than the 200-400m point...

           Yeah thats usually the deal with me too. Good to know.

            In a race that short, going out fast is not a bad strategy.  If you analyze well run mile races, the first and last 200 are usually the fastest.

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              Consistency probably what your suppose to do, but yesterday i got suckered into a 70 second first lap in the 2 mile and went through the first half in 2:29 when i was aiming for under 10:50. I ended running 10:55 with a 5:17 mile then a 5:38.
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