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Treasure in Clay
RE: 3200m strategy?

Treasure in Clay wrote:

[quote]Treasure in Clay wrote:

[quote]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.[/quote]

I learned by accident how to do it.

One day I arrived at practice and there was a note on the wall it read:
2400 meter time trial

Having already ran at least 5 miles that morning I figured I was toast. So I hung around the back of the pack for the first lap or so. Magically the other runners start to come back to me! Yes it was as if they were running backwards to get to me. I was shocked! I wound up finishing 2nd by only a few yards in that time trial. Please realize I was only the #7 guy on that team up to that day!!!

See the next one...[/quote]

So from then on I always started slow. Please also realize that I was not speedy.

There is an old saying that the man sprinting at the end of a race is not necessarily the fastest man but the strongest.

However I was big into miles so had plenty of that! Even so most athletes find that running smart works best.

Please write back to us here and tell us how it is going. *** Be careful what you say out loud. Say what you want to happen. (You do not have to say this in front of other people...but say it to yourself when alone.)

"I am healthy and strong." ETC. "My race strategy is getting better every race,"

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