Does this mess up wrote:
Start out in the back and plod along instead of going out in the front and trying to win? A lot of newcomers taught to pace instead of compete. I'll bet the number would shock you.
I was taught the opposite. I had horrible coaching. Whatever we ran for the first meet would determine if she would yell that we were up or down on our splits for the rest of the season. Knowing nothing about pacing, the first lap would be by FAR the fastest. Towards the end of my freshman season, I told her I wanted to try going out slower and even pacing. Every time i passed her, she yelled that I was WAY down and needed to really pick it up. I PR'd by like 30 seconds in that 3k race. She said something like "imagine how much more time you could have taken off if you didn't try that stunt."