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Race Pacing

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.