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post #8566 of 10454
I put in 26.23 miles on Saturday morning as a practice run for the real event in October. My first 8 miles were all below an 8 minute 20 second pace which was about 20 seconds too fast for me and unsustainable. If I factor out the time I took when I stopped to put on a clean shirt, get some GU and water, and use the bathroom, I finished the run in about 3 hours 45 minutes and I am very pleased with that.

It will be nice to have a pace group to run with (and all the other stuff going on to keep me motivated) during the actual marathon. It will definitely help to hold me back a bit at the start of the race.
post #8567 of 10454
Ran 6.7km first thing this morning.
post #8568 of 10454
8.1 miles. 95 degrees made it a bit tougher today.

MP -That's a heck of a training run. Remember, it will be cooler in Oct, you'll have peaked from training, and tapered for the race. You'll also have practiced pacing and what to eat and when to eat. I wouldn't base much on this run other than the confidence gained that you'll complete it and will only get better. That 8:20 pace may be doable or even faster by October.
post #8569 of 10454
Speaking of pace and what's doable, I'm trying to figure out what should be my target for NYC. I've checked out the pace predictors which use a time from a shorter run, but I've never done the sort of focused training for those that I'm doing for my first marathon. After only three weeks, I've already destroyed my previous 10k PR, and that was staying in what seems to be a sustainable HR zone. Should I wait until I'm deeper into my training to set a goal time?
post #8570 of 10454
4.1 this morning, still able to hold it under 9:00 pace. Same as SB, I'm not sure yet what I'll be able to pace myself at for my half in October. It's my first one, so at this point I'll be happy just to finish it, but maybe I'll set some more realistic goals as it gets closer to race day
post #8571 of 10454
This morning, 3 miles at a pace of 7'20". Now loading the car for the annual trip to West Michigan where I will be teaching at music camp. Can't wait to run on the sandy trails in the forest and on the trails near Lake Michigan. Why can't the whole state be like this?
post #8572 of 10454
11.6 miles for me this morning at just under a 9 minute pace. I planned on running a mile or two last night to help make sure I didn't get too tight after the marathon but didn't get a chance. Instead, I walked to the ice cream shop with my daughter - much more rewarding. However, I was still much less sore this morning than I thought I would be.

For those wondering how to figure out a good marathon pace... I am in the same boat. I am training for my 6th marathon and, although I've been a runner and in pretty good shape for all of them, this is the first time I have ever followed an actual training plan and I keep surprising myself as to what I am capable of; a few weeks back I ran a 20 miler at an 8 minute pace for the whole thing. uhoh.gif I had no idea I had that in me. I have a couple competitive 10ks, a 10 miler, and two half marathons scheduled before the real deal and I plan to push myself as hard as possible on each of them. I am signed up to run with the 3:45 pace group in my marathon but depending on how the two half marathons go, I may decide to go with the 3:30 group instead. Luckily I have a lot of time left to decide.

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This morning, 3 miles at a pace of 7'20". Now loading the car for the annual trip to West Michigan where I will be teaching at music camp. Can't wait to run on the sandy trails in the forest and on the trails near Lake Michigan. Why can't the whole state be like this?

Blue Lake? My wife went there in the summers when she was in junior high school ago to play the clarinet.

I agree that the west side of the state is gorgeous. The difference between the scenery of the Lake Michigan shore and the Lake Huron shore is night and day.
post #8573 of 10454
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Speaking of pace and what's doable, I'm trying to figure out what should be my target for NYC. I've checked out the pace predictors which use a time from a shorter run, but I've never done the sort of focused training for those that I'm doing for my first marathon. Should I wait until I'm deeper into my training to set a goal time?

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Same as SB, I'm not sure yet what I'll be able to pace myself at for my half in October. It's my first one, so at this point I'll be happy just to finish it, but maybe I'll set some more realistic goals as it gets closer to race day

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For those wondering how to figure out a good marathon pace... I am in the same boat. I am signed up to run with the 3:45 pace group in my marathon but depending on how the two half marathons go, I may decide to go with the 3:30 group instead. Luckily I have a lot of time left to decide.

This is a good topic for discussion. There are quite a few others on here that are far better runners and may have better advice, but here is my 2 cents around pace. Determine what you are trying to accomplish. It's easy if you are looking at breaking a PR, Boston Q, finishing under a certain time, etc. If so, then your pace calculator will do the work.

If it is just trying to figure out "how fast can I go", you have several options.
- A Half marathon within a 4-6 weeks of the race could work for the McMillan calculator to estimate your Marathon pace.
- Run the Yasso 800 workout within a month of your race and see what you can sustain. Those are fairly decent predictors. Google it.
- Run the McMillian "Fast Finish, Long Run". I did this one less than a month from my last marathon and it was within less than 10 away from predicting my actual pace. Very good, very tough run. You run 10 miles at your normal long distance slow run and then run the next 8 miles as fast as you can. The pace of the last 8 miles is what you can sustain for the marathon. You drink and eat as you would during the race and choose a course similar to what you are going to run. McMillan website has an article on this.

Several things can affect your pace or overall time and toss all this out if the weather is bad, a very large crowd slows you down for the first few miles, or you down hydrate/fuel well enough.

Other thoughts?
post #8574 of 10454
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check those out.
post #8575 of 10454
. This morning, I ran 4.5 miles. The temperature was 45 degrees.
post #8576 of 10454
9.1 miles this morning at averaging a pace of 8 minute 9 second. I decided to do four sprints up (and 5 down) one of the few good hills in the area to give my legs an added workout. In the afternoons I often rollerbladers doing multiple trips up and down the hill in the afternoons so I figured why not me?
post #8577 of 10454
Vermont 100 this weekend in 20:33:31. There was mud out there, lots of it, and I know I was not anticipating for the severity of the hills that were out there. Overall I'm pretty happy with my effort.
post #8578 of 10454
Ran 6.7km this morning.
post #8579 of 10454
14,000 feet of elevation! Holy cow. Congratulations

I found this link to a course map: http://k9runner.com/maps/vermont-100-mile-course-map/
post #8580 of 10454
Six at midday
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