Our Upcoming Races 

Leading Ladies Marathon - 8/17/14

Scout Strong Challenge - 9/13/14

Kansas City Marathon - 10/18/14

Rock N Roll Denver - 10/18/14

Kansas Half - 11/2/14

Longview Half - 11/15/14

Words to run by

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take." Wayne Gretzky

Choosing a pace team

What Pace Team should I run with?

You should choose a pace that reflects your training and ability level and allows you to run at a comfortable pace throughout the race. If you can't decide between two paces (for example 1:55 and 2:00), it is recommended that you start with the slower pace, as you can always pick it up later in the race.

Use our race prediction chart to help chose your pace team.  

Here are Coach Valdez's recommendations on choosing your pace team wisely. 

Under ideal conditions in the 50’s, you can start out with the pace team predicted by your other race results.  If it’s 70 degrees or warmer, choose the next slowest pace team for your given race performance in other races.  If you feel better than expected by the 6-8 mile section of the race, you can always pick it up.  For first timers, go no faster than the next slowest pace team since the number one goal should be to finish with time as a secondary goal.  

In any case, it’s better to start conservatively with the option to pick it up rather than starting aggressively and beforced to slow down later – a race has chewed up many a runner who went out by how they felt.  Never trust how you feel in the beginning since the adrenaline of the start will create a false reading.  Wait until at least the 3 mile mark before determining how much you truly want to push the pace.  A time achieved on a tune up race course will prove to be more accurate as will a race closer to your goal race (no closer than 2 weeks for a 5K, 3 weeks for a 10K, 4 weeks for a half marathon, and 5+ weeks for a marathon).  

If you cannot make it to a race, substitute one of your workouts for a time trial on a track or measured trail on relatively flat terrain.  Warm up 20 minutes, then run as smart and hard as you can for 2 miles (inside of lane 1 for 8 laps on a track – 4 laps to a mile) followed by a 5-10 minute cool down jog.  You can take your pace and look at what this pace for a 5K equates to for your target race.  2 miles by yourself equates to running in an actual 5K race.

 In helping you choose a more appropriate pace team given your ability, it will prove to be a win-win situation as more people will actually get to run and work together from start to finish with the guidance of our pacers.  Good luck in choosing wisely! To have a realistic shot at running for the following half marathon pace teams, you should be able to run the listed times for the corresponding race distances in the same row.

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SmartPacing is organized by The Runners's Edge in Kansas City and The Runners's Edge of the Rockies in Denver, with support from Races2Remember.com.