Tomorrow I run the Toronto Marathon and have two goals – hold an even pace, and run under 3hr30.
Pacing is an entertaining subject for myself who has completely perfected the art of “fly-and-dying” with marathons and ultra marathons. It really is a true art to find your personal speed threshold you can hold for 26.2 miles.
#1) TRAIN AND RECOVER I have finally spent some good quality time finding my realistic marathon “race” pace. Using a sub 3:30 program from Runkeeper, I did some quality training runs and workouts. My training was anything but ideal (with life that got busy and I got very burnt out) but I did have some good workouts and confidence boosting threshold workouts such as 16×1′ sprint, 6 miles at 10km pace, 3×3 miles/5×1 miles at faster than my half marathon pace, and the infamous “fast finish long run”.
#2) PROPER TAPER: I am still trying to find what works for me…
#3) COMMIT TO THE PACE ON THE DAY Tomorrow I run the Goodlife Toronto Marathon with a goal of running under 7:50 minutes/mile (<3hr30 marathon), the true test will be can I manage my realistic pace enough to allow for a steady race and not fly and die? Theory says to negative split (go slower in the first half than the second).
I am confident about #1 and #2 in the past, #3 for me will be the challenge. Coming from a sport of rowing where we essentially sprinted for 6-8 minutes, the second a clock is timing me and I have a large group to run with, I have an innate fight or flight race mechanism that takes over and I want to run faster than I “should”.
Race results and splits will be posted on Results
Going to try but we shall see…looking forward to it!! 🙂