>I'm a beginner and have run three 5K races so far.
>Based on what I've read in the NG and my own experience, I would like
>to start out slow during the race and finish fast. The problem is
>that I can't judge my pace yet. By the time I get to the first
>marker/clock I'm one mile into it. If I've run too fast I can't
>recover for the last 2.1 miles. I end up doing the last part of the
>Has it ever been suggested that a marker or a clock be placed at the
>first quarter mile or half mile? Even just a marker will tell me my
>pace sooner and allow me to slow down before it's too late.
>I don't know if this makes any sense to the more experienced people
>out there. Maybe there's a better way. Opinions?
Since you are just starting out, it might just be an issue of experience.
You might try some different strategies for going out slower--starting
farther back in the pack, for example. Knowing that people are usually
running faster than they think in the first mile, I used to try and find a
pace that felt comfortable in the first couple of hundred yards, then backed
off a notch or two. It was almost certain that the *comfortable* pace was
too fast, so I used that as my benchmark and slowed down. As the race
progresses, you will get a better feel for how you are doing and can make
adjustments. Plus you get to watch people *coming back* to you the rest of