“Don’t go out too fast!”
It’s some of the most common running advice around. But is it ever alright to ignore it? Maybe. What if you’ve got perfect weather and a pie-in-the-sky goal? What if you’ve got a friend or a pace group at the ready that might be just a little too quick for you? What if you need a certain time by a certain date (ahem, last chance to BQ or OTQ….)? Most of the time, negative- or even-splitting a race is going to be the way to go. But every now and then, I think it’s okay to go for broke.