If you look at my splits across my seven marathons, you’ll see that they’re almost perfectly even. Sure, a negative split race is impressive, but running 26.2 at almost exactly the same pace is nothing to sneeze at. So I know how to pace myself. I also know that how I pace myself—for better or for worse—only affects me. If I have an off day, it’s just my race that’s affected. Or, if I’m feeling good, I know I can pick it up and it only affects me.
So when I paced a friend in a half marathon, I was more nervous than I’ve been for some of my own races. Our target pace was 8:20, for a sub 1:50 half. I typically run 8:10s for my easy 10 to 12 milers. So I knew, theoretically, that this pace should be no problem for me. But would I go out too fast? Too slow? Would my watch be off? What if she started hurting? Do I play nice or push her? Read more >>