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Racing w/ someone faster?

If you sign up for a race and run it with another person who is much faster, do you try to keep up with them, tell them to just go on, or have them run at your pace?

I'm running my first 5k in April.  I usually run by myself but a good friend of mine offered to run the race with me.  I'm really excited about that.  However, his average pace is about 2.5 minutes per mile faster than mine.  He knows that I can't run that fast so I'm sure he will slow down for me.... but then I will probably be self conscious and speed up knowing I'm going too slow for him. 

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Re: Racing w/ someone faster?

  • if he's offered to run with you, i thnk it's understood that he'll slow down to your pace.
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  • Thank you.  I think I'm just really nervous about this race and freaking out about every little thing.  I'm driving myself crazy.  This next month is going to be a long one.
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  • image al320:
    if he's offered to run with you, i thnk it's understood that he'll slow down to your pace.

    my thought exactly.

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  • image al320:
    if he's offered to run with you, i thnk it's understood that he'll slow down to your pace.

    This.

    It will be hard to keep yourself in check and run at your pace in your very first race -- all the excitement will make you want to run faster.  Just try to enjoy yourself and run at the pace you know you're comfortable with.

    Good luck!

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  • image ZAngel:
    Thank you.  I think I'm just really nervous about this race and freaking out about every little thing.  I'm driving myself crazy.  This next month is going to be a long one.

    you'll do great!  try not to be nervous, just train as best you can and you'll do great!

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  • Yes dont be nervous, Youre going to do great! Just have fun and run at your own pace... It seems like your partner will run at your pace and I think youre going to have a great time!
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  • image al320:
    if he's offered to run with you, i thnk it's understood that he'll slow down to your pace.

    And I'd have a discussion with about your race strategy so the expected pace is mutually understood.

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    image al320:
    if he's offered to run with you, i thnk it's understood that he'll slow down to your pace.

    And I'd have a discussion with about your race strategy so the expected pace is mutually understood.

     

    Exactly what blondie said.  I love running with my husband (who is twice as fast as I am) because we go over my strategy and he does a great job of pacing me - keeps me from going out too fast and motivates me when I get tired at the end

  • my bff was going to run my first with me but she is MUCH faster then me. she got me going then I said go ahead. I knew I would spend my time worrying about her being slow for me and didn't need that in my head. I know she didn't care but I was already just trying to make sure I got through it I didn't want to be worrying about her too. It was great to see her at the finish cheering for me as I crossed too :)
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  • sometimes i like to run with my friends - i dont care if they are slower.  he probably wants to be supportive because he likes you.  enjoy his company.
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  • image runblondie26:

    image al320:
    if he's offered to run with you, i thnk it's understood that he'll slow down to your pace.

    And I'd have a discussion with about your race strategy so the expected pace is mutually understood.

    Word. Try to keep your natural pace, especially at the start.  Taking off too fast may hinder the rest of the race.

    GL! 

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