I'm looking for a bit of advice, thanks for taking the time to read this!
I've run 4 marathons, the last and fastest at 3:40. I've increased my training this year and have run the following times while training 40-50 miles per week:
I have 9 weeks until the Xiamen Marathon (in China). It's a flat and cool course, with temperatures in the 50's. I will run 4 more 20M+ training runs before tapering.
What is a realistic pace to try and keep during the actual marathon, based on this training? Any advice would be most appreciated!!!
it's hard to say what a good pace for you will be.
do you have a goal time in mind?
how long ago was the 1/2 mar & how similar a course?
with a PR of 3;40, are you looking for something in the 3;25ish range?
which would be in the 7;45ish range?
keep up the 20+ runs, & dont change anything too drastically.
DONT go out too fast, try to run even splits. about 1;42 at the 1/2way mark.
and drink at EVERY water station.
let me know if you have any specific questions?
let me know how you finish!
Thanks for your help! The half-marathon was basically on the same course and came a few weeks ago. Yesterday I ran 22 miles in 2:54:52. I have two more long runs left -- the marathon is in the beginning of January.
I'm thinking I will try to run at an 8:00 minute/mile pace. That may be a bit conservative but if I feel good and can do negative splits as I get closer to the finish. Thanks for the tips!