Hi Martin. When going into a race, I often have a good idea of what pace I want to run. Lets say that my goal for a flat 10mile race is 60mins, so my goal pace is 6 min/mile. However, sometimes early on in a race, I might find myself alone, while there may be a group of 5 or 6 runners up ahead going at say, 5min50 /mile. In such a situation, what is the better strategy? Stick to my planned pace, running on my own in early stages and perhaps pick up the pace late in race if feel strong enough? Or, join up with those ahead of me in early stages, running at 5min50 / mile, at risk of going out too fast but taking advantage of being able to work together in a group, and get "dragged along".
What would you recommend, and would the strategy differ depending on the race distance? e.g. 5K versus 10 miles.
Hi Aligro. I will be in Vienna in the week before, so I will travel by train to Prague the day before the event and stay for the weekend. Yes, I think the race will sell out quite soon. I will plan to do a 10K race or two between now and then.
10 weeks to go. I've booked the hotel, central location... a walk from the start/finish area. I've been running fairly regularly in the last few weeks, but need to start proper training in earnest now!
Hi Aligro. I signed up for the 2013 Prague Half Marathon about 2 weeks ago. I think it will sell out quite soon. I know the city quite well, although haven't visited for a few years. It will be my first time running there. I like that the Half is on a seperate date from the Full. I ran the Amsterdam half in October and while I enjoyed it, and found it very well organized, the final part of the course overlapped with the end of the Full marathon causing some congestion in last few kms.
I had reservations about the cobbled sections on Prague course, but if it's only for limited sections, just a few kms then maybe not too bad. Course profile looks to be quite flat and fast. I'd also like to know more about the event if anybody else here has done it and wishes to share their experience?