How much difference does starting pace actually make to race times?

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17/11/2008 at 10:53

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.

17/11/2008 at 17:09
To a degree I go with both perspectives here. I've had good and bad experiences with and without a watch. I ran my first GSR at 17 years old in 70 minutes without a clue what my pacing was.

But I ran my fastest ever 5 miles (32'33") using a watch and strict splits.

I think you need the experience to run a race to your best... but that when you don't have that experience, a watch can help
23/11/2008 at 13:29

Hi everyone. 

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  7:07
2  7:11
3  7:17 (slightly uphill)
4  7:06
5  7:00
6  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.

23/11/2008 at 16:35

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.

Well Done

23/11/2008 at 19:18
Very nice run Dippycat .
23/11/2008 at 21:54

Congratulation Dippycat, knocking 5 minutes off a 10k is some achievment, really well done

24/11/2008 at 10:32

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.

24/11/2008 at 20:36
Well done!
25/11/2008 at 12:29
Thanks for the well dones.  I'm not sure about the sub 40 Yifter was suggesting, but I am left wondering what I am capable of!

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