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Treasure in Clay
RE: 3200m strategy?

dam son wrote:

I ended up running like 11:30. I think I may have overestimated my ability because I think 11:10 is out of reach.

The first lap was stupid. we went out in 79. I ran like 85-88s for the rest. I was hurting bad the last 3 laps but I kept pushing. Actually still a PR but I can do better.

I remembered to push the 3rd 800 which I think helped. Put me hella in the pain zone but thats when I passed a few people.


It is easy to go out too fast even if you are a veteran racer and know what kind of shape you are in! In a 2 mile you can let them pass and tell yourself you will pass them later when they slow down...BUT yes it's far better not to start so fast.

You might actually be in shape to run under 11:00 but race strategy makes all the difference in the world. I always wanted to have guys to pass so it's better to start way too slow in long races. You use laps 1-5 to move up GRADUALLY. The race begins with 3 laps to go. It's not that it will begin to hurt then...it will hurt the whole way. I just meant that you do not want to be gassed with 3 laps to go!

It is true that the first 40-50 meters can be fairly fast (not 100 meters like the BB player said!). However if you go very fast you can get caught up running 79 like you did.

Listen to "Stairway to Heaven." Your effort should increase like that song!
Effort not speed. I will write one more post to explain what I mean.

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