A 100 m dash lives up to its name. It is a sprint – a run for your money from the gunshot to the ribbon. You simply give it your all in the 10 – 15 seconds it takes for you to get across.
As the distances gets longer, pacing is more nuanced. Even with a 400 m race, there are several pacing strategies. By the time we reach a full marathon of 42 kilometers, merely finishing the race requires good pacing. In ultra-marathons, pacing is everything. Runners employ professional pacers at those distances.
Needless to say, every increase in distance corresponds to a drop in average pace.
The speed at which we run often determines how far you go. What distances are you running in your project, career or relationship? Are you sprinting, or are you in them for the long run?