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Meet your time goal by running with a pacer

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Your pace is less important when you are a simply running for the joy of running. It is only when you decide to improve your speed or are gunning for records, pace becomes important. To do this you can find help in a pacer. Pacers help you not only meet your time goal, but also help you to stay on track by maintaining a specific time per mile.

Choosing a Pacer

Pacers are individuals who are experienced runners themselves. They have been running with targets for a while and are usually individuals willing to support your timing goals.

Most top Marathon organisers often provide pacing teams for a variety of finish times. Pacing teams are led by experienced racers who are trained to help you maintain a steady pace.

Once you choose a race pace that reasonably coincides with your fitness and skill levels, multiply your pace per mile by the number of miles in the race to help you choose the best pacing team for you. If your race pace target is 10 minutes per mile, for example, and your race distance is 13.1 miles, your goal is to finish the race in roughly 131 minutes. Pacing teams are generally assigned finish times in 5- to 10-minute increments, so choose the pacing team closest to your finish goal.

Your target is their goal too

With a pacer scurrying along, you can set a realistic goal in advance. It is then up to your pacer to help you finish a race in specific time.

Setting Your Pace

Setting a realistic target is very important. This would depend on your practise and physical endurance. It is for the pacer to set and maintain a specific pace that aligns with your training and experience.

Always listen to Your Body

Any pacing formula will work only if you train sufficiently for the planned distance. Pacers are there to guide you; however, it is only you who can listen to your body. Despite rigorous training if you are still having a bad day, it is only you who can decide to slow down. Most importantly taking regular advice from your doctors before bringing changes to your exercise schedule is a must. This is especially important if you have an existing medical condition that requires doctor’s intervention.   

 

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