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When I compete in events I am always unsure how far to push myself. Most weeks I tend to do at least 1 ( 9 mile run), in the week and other short runs. I have started to do park runs and try and push myself on a fairly fast 5K though this is still around 2 to 3 minutes outside my PB. Last week I did a 10K and it was hot so took it easier for the first 1 or 2 K. I have a running app on my phone, my the last kilometre was around 40 seconds faster then my first one and was able to sprint finish.
I am worried about going off too fast in events but wanting to be able to push myself rather then coasting through a run and then going for a fast finish. I spoke to someone who sugested a heart monitor when training in order to see my potential. Any other advice would be appreciated.