Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:27
I'll be pacing sub 4:15 on Sunday at London.
My strategy will be as even pacing throughout as possible. I expect to lose maybe a minute or so in the first three miles as I won't be weaving in and out of people. I'll then make whatever time I lose over the next 23 miles.
My goal pace time is 9:43 a mile, but as it'll be near on impossible to keep to the racing line (and will probably mean running an additional 1/4 mile) I'll be aiming for slightly faster - around 9:38 - this will bring me home about 30 secs ahead of 4:15.
I probably wont drink from every water station but I'll have a good idea of who is running around me, so will make sure I slow down as we go through every water station. This should give everybody time to get drinks and keep up. In the latter stages if I know people have been with me for a while and are struggling, I'll try and pick up extra drinks to allow them to continue without stopping. If the backpack allows, I'll also carry a bag of jelly babies if anyone needs.
My sub 4:15 time will be when I cross the start line, so there's a good chance when the different coloured starts meet, there could be a few minutes between my own start time and others around me. I'll be calling out my splits regularly so people can gauge my time compared to theirs and can see if they started ahead or behind me.
The only times I have used pacers in the past is to make sure I don't go off too fast at the beginning and then to use as an incentive to stay in front of in the latter stages of the race.
Have a great race and I hope you go sub 3:45