Agree with others to look and move to the side before you slow. No matter how fast you are going, changing tempos can throw people off if they are right behind you. Have you ever been walking behind someone, and they suddenly stopped? Same principal - your mind has you at a momentum, and it's hard to suddenly change. Being to the side and looking around to be clear helps.
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2,093 11/19/13 3:49 P
Good for you!!! Your first race!!! On the day of the race you will be nervous and the adrenalin will be pumping. You will have the tendency to start too fast and loose your momentum at the end. Remember to run your race using the speed that you have practiced. You can always pick up the pace later if you find you have the energy.
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11/19/13 2:30 P
Also, when you slow down from a run to even a fast walk, check behind you first to make sure there isn't someone who isn't directly behind you. I've nearly run into someone because she slowed down right in front of me with zero warning and I couldn't change directions fast enough. It sounds like this race is going to be a big one so, just like with driving, you have to be aware of the other people around you.
I also put myself in what I thought was the right pace (90 minutes for a 10k), but yet there were still all sorts of levels around me. Larger races result in crowds, so be prepared.
I think it's great that you're going in with a plan. Sometimes crowd noise is a factor and I wan't able to do that for my first race. I just ran what I could and walked when I needed to. Then I made it my goal to run the whole thing next year (which will be in March).
This race has markers for a variety of pace times. I don't expect to be anywhere near the serious runners at any part of the race. And I expect to be ahead of the group with strollers, and dogs, and out for a pleasant chat while covering the race route. I'm "one of those fast walkers" but I'll remember your words on race day if I find that I need to slow down.
My watch needed a new battery last week. It became beepless ... totally silent. I'm now training with the boxing bell sound on an app I found for my iPhone. The measured intervals make a difference for my overall training times.
My first race was a large (30,000) 10k and even though I walk/ran it, nothing was more irritating that when I was trying to run and there were walkers blocking the way. Common courtesy is for slower traffic to keep to the right. It was even announced at the start for walkers to keep to the right, but not many followed that advice.
From personal experience, I've noticed that those who train for a race (like you're currently doing) fare very well. Stick to your plan.
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11/19/13 5:22 A
If I was running continuously during a race, and someone slowed for a walk interval in the middle of the road, I would shove them. Moving to the side is common courtesy and should be done for your own safety!
I've been training with walk and run intervals using an app with a noise to signal my changes. I know some runners use this type of plan for marathons. I'm signed up for a local (but big) Thanksgiving morning 5K. The timed intervals help me finish with a quicker pace time. I'm concerned about my beeping and bells being annoying to others. What's the proper etiquette?
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