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not a perfect pacer
RE: A good coach should NEVER tell a runner to "slow down" during practice

Your Write wrote:

A good coach will educate their athletes and get the to buy into his system. A good coach will teach the purpose of each training stimulus and get the athlete to understand why they are running the different paces.

If your athlete is running too fast and you think you need to tell them tooflow down, you have not done your job and are therefore not a good coach. Athletes of good coaches will train correctly.

By the way, OP...the go with the flow philosophy you described is probably why you are only a 4:30 miler. Just sayin'.

So in your mind, buying into the program makes one able to pace perfectly at all times? The fact that my coach wants me to run my tempo run at 5:34 pace doesn't mean that I'm going to be able to hit that pace perfectly all the time. It's still helpful to have him there to let me know if I'm fast or slow every so often along the course.

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