The goal in the race was effective PACING and I achieved it - it wasn't about winning or placing it was about pacing and I achieved that.
I was leading a group for the first 10 km, though I snuck off into the bushes after a hill. I felt the pace was too quick for the overall pace I wanted to run as I usually start to pick it up at 40k is when I really push the pace (yes I am a long distance runner!).
TIPS ON PACING an ULTRA::
- Don't start off too fast - especially if there is a lot of down hill, you don't want to burn yourself out as you pay for it later
- Look at the elevation profile of the race - know your strengths - know when it is going to be good for you to push hard or back off. For me I will back off over real technical terrain though push up the hills which are my strength, I am strong up the hills though no good at downhills!
- Know where you want to be at each aid station - splits - this is important, it does not have to be exact, though within 10 mins give or take know the pace you want to hit.
- Look for someone who you think could be a similar pace and stick with them.
- Do not worry if there is a whole bunch of runners that pass you the first 20k - it is tough to be patient though sometimes you have to be. It is easier to pass later than be passed!
- TRAIL pacing - it is more difficult than road pacing though if you look at the elevation profile it should be easier. If there is a flatish or mountain road, estimate your road speed and go with it. When I ran on the BEDROCK roads I wanted to make sure I wasn't going any slower than 5 min KMS. Know your strengths, know your weaknesses, and focus on what you can do well:-)
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