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Timing a finishing kick

OakLeaf2012-02-02 10:13:38 +0000 #1
This is one thing I really feel lost on.

How do you know when to take the brakes off and pick up the pace? When to turn on the afterburners? If I put on a really strong kick, does that mean I saved too much and could've run the earlier splits faster?
jessmarimba2012-02-02 10:19:02 +0000 #2
Some people say you've saved too much, I guess.

I usually find the strength to sprint at the end only if someone is chasing me down. If I can sprint without that motivation, I probably could've used the energy earlier.

But then again, sprinting uses different muscles, so you may've had the overall energy to run for the finish but not the ability to increase your normal pace due to muscle fatigue. I've read some articles advising sprinting, rather than walking, when you are starting to feel tired and "plodding" during an endurance race, just to use a different muscle set. I can't mentally make myself do it though
OakLeaf2012-02-02 10:22:41 +0000 #3
A couple of good articles here: www.scienceofrunning...ng-to-kick.html#more , although neither of them really addresses timing.

You're not only using different muscles, you're using a different balance of energy systems, which I knew.

Maybe another one of those things you only learn by doing.

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