You don’t have to have a sports watch to pace yourself, just perform the talk test.
The pressure to obtain monitoring gadgets and training plans won’t do any more to counter mistakes made in pacing yourself than a simple running routine referred to as a talk test.
Based on research in the American College of Sports Medicine, runners and bikers must get the pace (or distribution of energy) correct to not only sync body and mind, but also in order to make progress.
The studies suggest the ventilatory threshold (VT or talk test) is without doubt one of the simplest methods to gauge exercise intensity.
At level VT1 speech requires some effort. At VT2, talking is limited to a few words. Exercising just shy of VT2 point is ideal.