Smart Pacing Strategies in the Marathon

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In this episode we discuss smart pacing strategies with Coach Steve Waldon -one of our coaches here at MTA and a 3:30 pacer at the New York City Marathon. You will hear how to establish goals, the tricks to pacing (tools and tips), how to adjust mid-race, and how to get through the tough later miles!

Smart Pacing Strategies in the Marathon with Special Guest Steve Waldon

Coach Steve Waldon is a RRCA Certified Running Coach and a 3:30 pacer at the New York City Marathon. He’s a 2:53 marathoner with over 25 marathon finishes, nine 50 mile finishes, and two 100Ks. He also completed the Atacama Desert Crossing -155 mile self-supported stage race.

Topics/Questions Covered in this Discussion

  • Common mistakes people make.
  • Choosing an appropriate pace.
  • What if you start out too fast?
  • Adjusting Mid-Race.
  • The reliability of our GPS watches.
  • What to do in the later miles?
  • What about run/walkers?
  • What does it take to become a pacer at NYC Marathon?

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5 Responses to Smart Pacing Strategies in the Marathon

  1. Andrew Lorenzo November 21, 2018 at 12:16 am #

    awesome one!

  2. Angie Spencer November 21, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Adolfo P Salgueiro December 5, 2018 at 8:38 am #

    I heard this episode yesterday on my way to work and found it very informative and illustrating. Even more interesting, when I got back to the office I found an email from my running store asking me if I wanted to pace on of the “12 miles of Christmas” group run on the 24th… I have never paced before but thanks to this episode I was able to say yes with the certainty that I can do it.

    • Angie Spencer December 5, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      I’m glad it was so helpful and came at an opportune time. Good luck with your upcoming pacing gig!

      • Adolfo P Salgueiro II December 13, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

        And the gig comes with a free pair of Brooks, so I can’t complain.

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