19 Oct '15, 5pm

#FreshSalt: Readers Roundtable: Should I Run with a Pace Group?: Marathon taper doesn’t just mean run... #running

That being said, there are plenty of quality pacers out there – Pepper, Clove and Mint just to name three! But not all pacers are created equal. Many local/regional marathons do not use experienced pace teams, but rather runners from the community who should be able to pace the pace group on paper, but without the experience many of these community one-off pacers don’t know how to do it well and I think this tends to be more true the faster the pace group. I had a terrible experience with a pace group at a smaller marathon where the pacer was running too fast, at one point we were going almost :30 faster than MP! I DNF’d, the whole group broke up and he ended up finishing the race over 5 minutes too slow. So unless the race is a big one that uses a trained pacing staff (a la the Cliff Team), I’d err on the side of going it alone.

Full article: http://www.saltyrunning.com/2015/10/19/readers-roundtable...

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