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How to Pace Your Run

If you are just starting to run, you might find it difficult to control your pace and find the “sweet spot” where your pace feels comfortable. Even as a seasoned runner, you may still start out too fast in races or workouts only to crash and burn before the finish line. Learning to pace yourself properly is a cornerstone of distance running, but it takes practice. Lots and lots of practice.

Before we dive into methods you can use to practice proper pacing, it’s important to understand why you may have trouble finding your rhythm in the first place. There are physical and psychological mechanisms we have no conscious control over. So, rather than get discouraged when you start your workout or race too quickly, you can simply blame it on biology.

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