Posted: 22/06/2015 at 16:40
I don't have much advice because I don't do it often, but my club does run two one-mile races every year, one on a local common, another on the track. Pacing is far easier on the latter run, as you can imagine. I think the point is everyone is different - some people need a steady pace on each race they do, some others can bomb it on the first bit and try to hang on, others grow into a race and, as you suggested, do a negative split. Perhaps you can experiment during your training? Or even just decide on a strategy for this first time (assuming it's your first). It really is a hard one to gauge because it's long enough to be irksome, but is actually over quite quickly. I must admit, the most recent one I did I bombed it and then died a little, but was still close to my PB.