Just had a good chat with an athlete around this. Worth putting up. The majority of goals we set are outcome goals. Natural tendency this one as we don’t sit there and dream of “neg splits” or “holding cadence”. We dream of our outcomes.
The way towards those outcomes but is identify what it takes to get there. Things like arrive early at race site, 10min warmup including dynamic stretches. Calm start, even / negative split, leg speed over 170, stick to nutrition plan etc etc.
Now you are focussing on the things you can control on race day , but also the things you can practice at training sessions and improve upon.