23 May '12, 11am

How to determine (and practice) the best pace for a good start to a race:

The beginning of a distance event is something to behold. Some runners—fresh from their taper and full of adrenaline—charge off at a pace that borders on reckless abandon. Not only is such a rush unnecessary, it may be counterproductive to the goal of optimal performance. In the marathon, going out too hard forces your body to use glycogen at a higher rate early on. You may hit the wall earlier, or end up burning a higher percentage of fat later in the race, which will slow your overall time. In the 5-K and 10-K, an explosive start hastens the accumulation of lactic acid. This causes your form to deteriorate. No matter the distance, when you start too fast, you end up hurting earlier and running a greater percentage of the race in pain. Conversely, the trouble with going out slower than optimal race pace is that it is difficult to make up the time that you give away early ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7120,s6-238-244--13...

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