As a former 100m and 200m sprinter in my school days I do rather enjoy having a bit of a burst of speed at the end of a run.
Lately I've been doing this in Parkrun and also as part of the club league races I do and I've been toying with my approach to this in terms of what distance to go from. Generally with Parkrun I'll wait until the last 100m before stretching out, but with the club league races, where points are on offer dependent on your finishing position, I might go from further out if there's the opportunity to pick off some places. Often these type of races, mostly being cross country, will end on a downhill slope and so it's possible to pick up a decent burst of speed. Last week, as an example, it was a gentle slope down and going out from 300m I was surprised at how I could maintain my sprint and actually pick up speed to pip someone on the line.
But I've also noticed a difference in attitude depending on the the circumstances. In Parkrun if I attempt to sprint past someone and they speed up I'm inclined to not push on just happy to concentrate on my finishing time. However if someone I've previously overtaken tries to come past me I will put in a bit more of a burst to try and stay ahead.
In a club league race I am probably a bit more focused and it is trying my hardest to pick up as many places as possible. It's a fantastic feeling to pip someone on the line, but equally it's very annoying to be pipped.
Does anyone else have any tactics for races?