Posted by: Joe English | April 2, 2010

Training — Precision Pacing and External Factors

Coach Joe English

Coach Joe English

As a follow-up to our video yesterday on Precision Pacing for Marathon Runners, Billy wrote to us with the following question:

When dealing with precision pacing – Do you adjust for conditions such as the wind? The wind in Dallas has been blowing at 15 – 30 miles an hour during the last few weeks. Needless to say I have not been able to hit my target pace during the runs although my times have improved running into the wind.

During The Dallas Half marathon – My mile times ranged from 9:00 to 9:10 per mile with the exception of mile 7 (uphill for Dallas) (9:45) – mile 8 (uphill) (9:30) and mile 9 (downhill) (9:25). My goal was to finnish in 2 hours – finished in 2 hours and 20 seconds – In precision pacing do you adjust for hills?

Great question Billy. The answer is yes, we do need to make adjustments to pace to take into consideration external factors, such as heat, headwinds and hills. These conditions impact the effort level at which we run a particular pace. Attempting to run the same pace under all conditions wouldn’t take into account this increase in effort level to overcome wind-resistance or the tug of gravity as we haul ourselves up a large hill.

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