• Ode to pacing •
I’ve always thought that pacing is way harder than racing.
If you’re chasing your personal best, you simply stick to a killer pace, something you’ve never tried before, and see how far you can get.
Of course, if you’ve trained properly, you’ll smash it.
But pacing is different, in so many ways.
You run at a comfortable pace, or at least one you should be able to keep for the whole race.
You have constantly to check how your athlete is feeling, without let him/her talk or waste energies.
And you have to motivate her/him, while pushing the last few hundred meters.
Sunday was probably the most mentally stressful race, because there were a lot of pressures on Najla, since she was the fastest on the field.
Will she be able to win again? Will she break her pb? And so on.
Despite the struggle she went through the race (constantly asking how much was left, from km8) and the negative thoughts that had her for those last 2km, she destroyed it.
I thought I was in a good shape, but the last 100m she out sprinted me in the most amazing way I’ve ever seen.
This girl is something special
And we’ll hear talking about her for quite a long time.
(©️ @xskillyx )
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