While there is much debate & interesting research around pacing strategies there is little doubt over the need for them in endurance events.
In this post we'll be telling a cautionary tale about Athlete X (names have been changed for the fun of it).
X hadn't run a marathon for 3 years & was intent on running a near personal best (PB) in her return at Cape Peninsula Marathon 2020.
We will look at the 2 planned assessment runs (shorter test races) a 21 km & a 30 km as well as the marathon itself in order to show how pacing played a significant role in each.
Other than weight (over which there is broad consensus & therefore weightclasses), height & reach are the most fundamental morphalogical features of an athlete. Height is largely ignored in favour of reach which has obvious advantages in the distance striking component.