The Basics: Running Tangents

You have probably heard runners speak of “running the tangents” in a race — but what does that mean, exactly, and what’s the best way to do it? Running tangents is just a geeky way of saying “running the shortest legal distance in a race.” Geometrically speaking, a “tangent” is a straight line that touches a […]

Should you start out slow in a 10K?

Conventional wisdom is that you can get your best time in a race by starting off a little slower than your goal pace: “Negative splits” are the ideal — times for each mile run should decrease over the course of the race. So, for example, if you were running a 10k and had a goal […]

Why doesn’t the up/down pacing strategy work?

This past weekend I ran a 15K race and was hoping to achieve a PR — finishing the race in under 60 minutes. It’s a good goal because it’s not only a nice, round number, but it’s also right at the threshold of my abilities. I’ve finished 5Ks in under 20 minutes and 10Ks in […]