Running in a Pack

If you were to look over the best marathon performances in the world over the last few years, undoubtably you would see the lead runners running the majority of their race in a ‘pack’. Although the drafting benefit of running in a pack may not be as great as for cyclists, they are still substantial. And not to mention the huge psychological benefit of being able to switch off, worry less about looking at your watch, and just keep with the runners in front. Sure, the elites have carefully calculated pack racing strategies and pacers but this doesn’t mean us slightly less fast runners can’t take advantage.

Alex Hutchinson, in his article ‘Racing With a Group Beats Going Solo’, talks through the finer points of pack running. As a non-super-elite, pay particular attention to the paragraph on nomadic packs – a tactic that may well take chunks off your time!

Read the full article – Racing With a Group Beats Going Solo – by Alex Hutchinson