Take a look at this ... and I would REALLY appreciate your feedback today.
I'm a firm believer in slow starts in long races. And unlike a 5K which is basically a controlled sprint, successful longer races for me like full and half marathons require a slow 3-5 mile warm-up before easing into my race pace. But I think this weekend at the Little Rock Half-Marathon I might have exaggerated this point a little too much.
Below are the results from the top 10 finishers in the 40-44 age group. I finished 8th. But look at the 10K split times and the "RANK", or what "place" we were in at the 10K (6.2 miles) mark. Almost all of the top 10 finishers were pretty much where they would finish overall in the age group by this point ... except for me! I was lagging behind in 13th place at 6.2 miles into the race.
So here are a few questions ...
How many miles do you run at the beginning of a half-marathon as "warm-up" miles before settling into your race pace?
Do you warm-up before the race starts - like running a couple of miles to get loose?
Did you ever feel like starting too slow has kept you from a PR or running your best?
... be great today!