I presume this is so they can start you in the right place? How important is it to get this right? If the course were flat I would be confident that I could do it in under 2hr 30 mins but it is very hilly and I don't want time pressures. As my aim is to complete it should I put myself in the over 2hr 30 category? x
Help! Just gone to do my HM entry and... - Marathon Running ...
Ours said you could edit the data nearer the time, so I figured we could tweak the times nearer the time if we wanted to. If you aren’t too competitive about your time, then I don’t think it matters much. For my speedier husband getting the time right is more important, so he won’t have to get past tonnes of slower runners like me who are blocking the route! 😂
Yes, it's just to put you in the most appropriate starting wave. Or at least the one they think is most appropriate...they've put me in some really funny places, so it's guesswork all round. You can amend it usually until your race number is sent out, though I always forget. Fast section aside (you usually have to prove you belong there with recent finish times) there will be loads of people that over/underestimate their time, or try to be tactical, so don't think about it too much!
I used this race time predictor runnersworld.co.uk/rws-race... to calculate my estimated finish time - it gave me a predicted time of 2 hours 19 minutes, but it doesn't know about Hastings's hellish hills! So I've put 2:30+ to be on the safe side, but I don't think it really matters. See you there!!! 😁👍💪
Ive only done one race with starting waves, so not much experience to base an opinion on! I started quite near the front of my wave which meant there weren't lots of slow people to weave past, despite the large number of runners overall. However, I did run too fast so I think that's the key whenever you start - run your own race as they say.
Haha. I read that in an email. Got as far as 'come up' then had to click to go to the full post. While it linked a voice inside my head said ... BURPEES ... and yes, there it was! I can just imagine getting everyone to move aside so I can do some burpees while we're being counted down ... NOT!!!! 😂😂😂
I would not worry about the expected time too much. For my HM, people dropped back to slower waves on the day but were not allowed to start in a faster wave. Either way there will be a mix of runners in each wave anyway. Out of interest, i just checked the pace of my start on my Garmin log and I pretty much stayed on target pace throughout the race apart from hills where it dropped off but made it up on the way back down - that’s the fun bit! 😃. So as long as you consciously start slow or on pace it is possible even with all the excitement, as long as you tell yourself and be aware of your pace. This is one of the benefits of training at different paces so you know what it feels like if you are going off too fast.