What will your strategy be?

The upcoming ENDURrace is unique in that it takes place in two parts – a 5km and an 8km the following week in the beautiful town of Elmira.

This year will be my first year running this race and I am looking forward to the challenge. Having run several 5km races in the past I am certain I can run a strong race. However, I plan to try to push as hard as I can to see if I can set a new personal best on the flat course. Either way, it will give me a good baseline as the spring race season begins.

I haven’t run many 8km races. My goal is to try to stay consistent throughout the race, give it my all and see if I can improve my overall ENDURrace ranking. But I’ll have to check with Coach Sean about how to adjust my 5km pace to 8km!

What will your ENDURrace strategy be?

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  • ALANA FARRELL March 6, 2018 9:50 pm


    • Michael Hewitson March 9, 2018 1:48 pm

      Thanks Alana! That is a great plan 🙂

  • Sean Delanghe March 7, 2018 9:27 am

    Hey Mike!

    5-8K pace changes are pretty easy to predict…but VERY easy to mess up! Most runners generally have a good idea of their 5K pace because it’s such a frequently run distance. With 8K, often you’ll see people start at their 5K pace since it sounds like a distance that’s pretty close (Hint: It’s not!), or at their 10K pace (too slow to run at your best!). A good general rule of thumb is that you should be able to maintain a pace thats about 7-10s slower/K than your 5K pace on a similar course.

    So if you’re a 25 minute 5Ker, that makes your 8K pace about 5:07-5:10/K. That’s at least a smart pace to start at for the first half the race, and then you can adapt based on how you feel.

    Hope that helps!

    • Michael Hewitson March 7, 2018 11:05 am

      Thank you Sean! This is great advice. I likely would have gone out too fast in the 8km and then would have had a really hard second half.

  • Jaime March 7, 2018 1:37 pm

    Having been off from both running and exercise for several months due to multiple injuries, consistency would be my strategy in both training and racing. So glad to have one month under my belt and grateful to have a supportive running community including my amazing Chiropractor (Sean) and Physiotherapist (Kayla)! I wouldnt be having so much success without them!

    • Michael Hewitson March 7, 2018 1:52 pm

      Thanks Jaime! So glad to hear that your injuries are healing and you are able to return to running. Sean Delanghe (Chiropractor) has been key in helping me as well! Sounds like ENDURrace will be a great opportunity to see how your hard work and determination have paid off.

  • Deanne Metzloff March 11, 2018 7:47 pm

    I’m prepping for the Waterloo Half Marathon so my strategy will be to run strong and build confidence for the half.

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