Perfect strategy Dippy.
If you get your PB, let us know
Well, at the risk of sounding like an heretic, I think that watches/GPSs/any time-distance measuring devices are probably counterproductive in producing your best race times except for distances over 30k where pacing through the first half becomes absolutely crucial and quite tricky to juge without some sort of time piece.
But, let's asume we're talking about half marathon or less, then I think it's safe to say that provided you have done a few races over the same distance that you're planning to run a PB over, during your build-up, you'll have a very finely tuned idea of the maximum pace that you can sustain over your goal race distance. In which case, leave the watch at home because the only thing it'll tell you is:
1. You're running too fast2. You're running too slow3. The mile markers are in the wrong place!
None of the above are useful, therefore a watch/GPS isn't useful in a race.
Furthermore, not wearing a watch ensures that you never cross the finish line and then complain that you're official time doesn't match your watch time
Dont you think its quite useful mmmmm to know you are running too fast/slow to hit your pre-race splits?......and for future reference to similar races? and post race analysis
I agree with experience, you know within a few seconds how fast you're running, but its still nice to know for sure during the race, in my opinion.
i also like to know what minute miles im doing,right away,as opossed to when i get to the markers,because if im wrong then there may be a bit to make up.
the garmin tells you everything you need to know at a glance,but everyone is different and prefer their own routines.
I did my race today and I got my pb - 44.42 .
I ran with my Garmin as I decided it was my comfort blanket and I am not confident enough in knowing my pace yet. It stopped me going off too quickly and helped me to speed up when I realised my pace was dropping below 7:30. I managed to run a fairly evenly paced race I think which is somewhat of a miracle for me.
My mile splits were:
1 7:072 7:113 7:17 (slightly uphill)4 7:065 7:006 7:16 (hill near the finish)+ 1:41
I didn't do well enough to beat my rival, but considering last year I did this race in 49:20 I think I could do soon...
Thanks again for all your advice - it really did help.
Great splits, 5th mile your fastest, that is quality pacing.
From now, with the added confidence, and a little more training I think you can definitely aim for sub 7min/miling and eventually go sub 40min/10k, which is an excellent achievement for men, nevermind ladies.
Congratulation Dippycat, knocking 5 minutes off a 10k is some achievment, really well done
well done dippy,a great achievment,and proof that the garmin is a valuable aid for running.
although, after learning not to shoot off at the start on the road races, i did my second xc on sunday, and guess what, i shot off at the start, i did the first 2 miles in around 12.20 i think,and over the 5.24 mile course i averaged 6.27 min miles, so paid the price on the last 3.
so i will be making a point of holdong back at the next one.
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