My training plan called for 16 miles with 10 miles at marathon pace today. I know I’m not quite in shape yet to run as close to my marathon pace as I want to, but I decided to run as quickly as I could and see where I’m at, fitness-wise.
The sky was really pretty at the start of my run.
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It got cloudy shortly after I started, which was nice; kept the sun off of me and kept things relatively cool for the first few miles, around 70°F or so. I ran the first 6 miles at around my long run pace. They were a little on the slow side, but it was pretty warm and I wanted to save my hard effort for the last 10 miles.
The first few marathon pace miles went relatively well, but I was definitely falling apart mentally by mile 11 or so. It was getting hotter and I wasn’t running as fast as I had hoped I would be able to. Had to stop and rest a few times to catch my breath and I think I was dehydrated for the last few miles. Thought about just running the rest of my miles at regular long run pace. But, I pushed through and finished as strong as I could.
I was bummed that I couldn’t get closer to my goal pace (hoping for 8:58/mi, but to PR I need anything faster than 9:09/mi). And, because it was 74°F and still relatively humid when I finished, I was super sweaty and gross.
I averaged 9:13 for the marathon pace miles, way slower than my goal pace. I know that you slow down when it gets warm, so I broke down and paid for a year’s access to McMillan Pro, in part to be able to use their Heat Adjustment Calculator, which is pretty neat. I was able to estimate how fast my run would have been under ideal weather conditions.
My splits weren’t ideal and were slower than I wanted, but I’m still 13 weeks out from my marathon and have plenty of time to get faster. And, my heat adjusted pace is technically a PR pace for me, even though it’s still a little slower than I want.
When I trained for my first marathon (which is still my PR), I started my training a little late and didn’t run any miles at marathon pace until 9 weeks before my race. I’m much faster I was for Marathon #1 this far out, so if I’m able to gain similar fitness in this training cycle, I should be in good shape to PR in September. My next marathon pace run (16 miles with 12 miles at marathon pace) is scheduled for the same day as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago half in just under a month, so I’m hoping for good weather that day so I can really push out some fast miles.
Do you include any race pace runs in your training?
How much do you analyze your performance in harder runs?
As you can tell, I tend to analyze a LOT–maybe even over-analyze. 🙂
How far did you run this weekend?