On my long run this weekend my run I was lucky enough to have someone out there to pace me. As we started running on a slight downhill, I started to pick up the pace and was running about a minute per mile faster than the goal. I don’t look at my watch too often when running, usually only at every mile split, but he was keeping a close eye on the run and told me to slow down. It started a conversation that I have with myslef often when running long miles for a specific overall pace. Do you use the downhills or “second winds” to run a little bit faster and put “time in the bank” or do you put rest and recovery in the “bank” instead and keep your pace steady?
I have always been one to take advantage of easier bits of running and try to put time in the bank. I would rather give a little bit more when I can than end the race with anything left. And if I bonk I bonk. I guess the trick is know how much time to bank versus how much recovery to bank.
What do you do? Do you push the pace when you are feeling good or take the rest so you can draw on it later?