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Local 15K coming up in two weekends. I'm currently in training for an April 14 marathon, this would be a tune-up race (following an 18 miler with 14 at Goal MP the weekend prior). Dramatically varying terrain, dropping 350' in the first 3 miles and gaining 300' back in miles 4-6. So even mile splits are tough in this race.
Most "recent" races (not super recent) - 5k (Jun '12)- 18:40 and HM (Nov '11) - 1:32:11 (I don't race frequently)
I'm eyeing around a 7:00 min pace, but am wondering if some experienced folks might lend some thoughts on what to expect as I'm in Marathon training at the moment. Should I expect a better showing on account of the marathon training or adjust my expectations to a slower time on account of my current training?
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What is you marathon goal? And what will be your MGP effort the week before. Based strickly on the two races you site, a 7:00 paced 15K should be easily obtainable, even in the midst of marathon training. But need to factor in what your current state of fitness is.
Should I expect a better showing on account of the marathon training
Ricky —our ability to perform up to our physiological potential in a race is determined by whether or not we truly psychologically believe that what we are attempting is realistic. Anton Krupicka
In my goal marathon, I'm aiming for a 7:30 pace. The 14 at MP (one week before the 15K race) will be run at/around this pace. For a more recent indicator I ran 15 miles with 12 at a 7:11 pace on 2/16.
I ran my scheduled long run of 18 with 14 at GMP this past Saturday. For the bulk of the GMP miles I was right where I wanted to be, 7:25. Felt a bit sore yesterday, but nothing major. That said I am planning on racing the 15K this weekend, still thinking around 7 minute pace. Will run easy throughout this week in preparation for a good race effort.
Anxiously looking forward to April's marathon and hoping to have a better gauge on my fitness after this weekend's 15K.