Today’s long run felt like a key stepping stone. After 11 miles 2 weeks ago and 10 miles last week, I jumped to 13 miles today. Next week is 14, then 16. So I really wanted today to be good. And it was :) I ran with my running partner for 7.5 miles, which helped tremendously. I averaged right at 8 min pace – started slower, finished with my last 4 miles right around MP.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
One of the [many] things I am striving to do differently in training for this marathon than in 2008, is to do more training at my goal marathon pace – 7:35/mile. Starting this week in my training plan, Thursdays are designated for MP (“marathon pace”). Today, I ran 6 miles, with the last 2 miles at MP. I’ll build to running 10 miles, with 8 miles of it at MP.
There is also a lot of debate over the standard long run. The typically piece of advice I’d always heard was to do your long runs about a minute slower per mile than your goal pace. The newer advice I’m hearing is to start your long run easy, and then about half way through, build to marathon pace. Some say to do an easy long run 1 weekend, and then a build to MP long run the next. I’m planning on trying that.
So today, a measly 2 miles at MP … (the idea to run MP after several miles of running is to teach your body to run at MP when tired) … I actually averaged 7:19/mile for my 2 miles. I’m sure as the miles build, physics will kick in and aiming for 7:35 will be enough of a challenge!
88 days does not seem like that long when I think about running a marathon and what my goal time is. While I’ll be happy with a PR (3:29:58), my GOAL is 3:19. That’s a 7:35 pace.
The first 3.5 weeks of training have gone well. I’ve felt strong on my long runs and am building my mileage during the week. I ran 11 miles last Saturday, drop down to 10 this Saturday, and then start ramping up into the long long runs. Next week, I start my mid-week runs where I do a few miles at marathon pace in the middle of the run. Each week, the distance at marathon pace increases.