I've been lurking around here for a while now and I really appreciate
all the good info I've seen. I started running regularly 6 weeks ago,
and I've got my first 5k on Saturday. I know that I shouldn't start
too fast, but I don't want to start too slow, either. My last 2 weeks
I ran 15 miles/week, and I usually go ~9:45 per mile on my long day (6
miles) and ~8:15 per mile on my fast days (2-2.5 miles). This is what
I'm thinking for my splits on Sat.:
1st 1/2 mile: 4:20
2nd 1/2 mile: 4:10 (totaling 8:30 for the first mile)
2nd mile: 8:20
3rd mile: 8:10, split maybe 4:10 and 4:00.
last .1: 30-60 seconds, depending on whether I'm about to drop over.
This should get me in under 26 minutes, which I'll feel pretty good
about. Or, should I just try to make all 3 miles the same pace and
sprint at the end if I have it in me? Or should I try to start even
slower and finish even faster? I figure I'd want 8:20 splits, in that
Thanks for the help, folks. I'll probably be so nervous that I can't
read my stopwatch anyway, but I want to give it my best shot.