A little less than a month until my first marathon, and I’m feeling pretty good about how prepared I feel. But I still have a question.
I know what result I’m going for: to finish under 4 hours. That translates into running the whole 26.2 miles at an average pace of 9:09/mile. When I was training for the recent half marathon, I pretty much tried to run the whole race at one particular pace, and that worked well for that distance. With only minor variations, I was able to hold the 8:30 pace pretty well over the 13.1 miles.
But the full marathon is another beast altogether. I’m not sure it’s a great idea to go out running a 9:09 pace from the beginning and just hold it. But maybe it is, I’m simply not sure. Without any real input one way or another, this is the plan I have in my head, but I’d love some guidance from my more experienced friends.
- Miles 1 – 13, try to average 8:50/mile
- Miles 14 – 20, try to average 9:10/mile
- Miles 21+, hang on for dear life and average 9:30
If my math is correct, that should have me finishing at just under 4 hours.
Good plan? Bad plan? Discuss.