Training for a Race
No matter how long it lasts, running a race is a sport that requires dedication. Those who are training for a race know they will have to work on their start, their distance, and their endurance. The final burst of speed they will need has to also be included in their training. All of this would seem to be a great deal of work, and it is for those serious about having a chance to win. Their dedication during their training is often a predictor of where they will finish. Some will be at the front of the pack, and those without quite so much determination may find they are the last to finish.
When it comes to shorter races, it is generally all about the burst of speed at the start. Many distance runners are not used to that facet, and they may be slower out of the gate than their competitors. For those with plenty of experience in races that do not require a great distance, exploding into motion as soon as the signal is given is part of their workout on a daily basis. Some of them concentrate until they have the start time they want, and others simply work doggedly to improve their chances of being at the forefront of the race.
Longer races can still be started off fast, but the goal in most of them is to settle into a rhythm that can be maintained. The most experienced runners will train long hours doing nothing but finding their perfect pace for a long distance. They are aware that running fast too early will cost them towards the middle or end of the race, and they want to ensure they have the energy they need to keep up with the leaders. Their goal is to outlast their weaker opponents, and they work at finding the optimum way to accomplish that goal.
The Final Burst
Many of the longest races come down to how much energy a runner has as they near the finish line. They may have started off within a large pack of races, and their pace carried them through the long distance. Keeping the rhythm they knew would be best could have kept them close enough to the front to have an opportunity to come in first. The final burst will be their way of passing any other competitors still ahead, and it is this energy they have been saving. They know that putting everything into their stride is what will make or break their chances to win or get an honourable mention.
Running has become a more popular sport in the last few decades. Some people choose shorter distances because they can train for it easier, but others prefer long races where they can show their pacing and bursts of speed. Whatever the contest, there is generally a core of experienced racers just waiting for their opportunity to get out in front and pass the current leaders. They may not win the first place trophy, but they should at least cross before most of their competition.