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Final long run down - Let the predictions begin (Read 776 times)


Dave

    So I'm now officially three weeks out from my race (National Marathon on 21 March). For my final 20 miler, I ran it as a fast finish LR, 10 at an easy run pace, and 10 at MP - 10-15 seconds. (GPS upload is in my log with HR data for those so inclined, here: http://www.runningahead.com/logs/4dbdba379e334a6e82901c7f1581739a/workouts/af57594653154788abbb92cd3465e658 ) Overall, I wish my mileage had been more consistent but I was able to get 3 x 20 milers as well as a handful of mid-week medium long runs. Two questions for the group: 1. What would you recommend for race strategy and pacing given my last LR? My goal had been 3:30 but McMillan has pointed to as fast as a 3:25. 2. Running schedule for the next 3 weeks? Less taper because of the week mileage? What distance next weekend (2 weeks out)?
    I ran a mile and I liked it, liked it, liked it.

    dgb2n@yahoo.com


    HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

      I think that is an impressive long run fast second half. I'll guess sub 3:30. And good luck.

      It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


      A Saucy Wench

        I'd start out at 3:30 pace and try to pick it up after 18-20.

        I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

         

        "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7


        HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

          Or go out at 3:25 pace and pick it up at 26-28.

          It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


          Imminent Catastrophe

            I'd start out at 3:30 pace and try to pick it up after 18-20.
            +1

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            Dave

              Thanks for the responses. I think starting at 3:30 pace to 20 rings true with me. I may risk a spectacular crash at the end but at least I'll know where I stand by the end of it. Big grin
              I ran a mile and I liked it, liked it, liked it.

              dgb2n@yahoo.com


              IronMan ;)

                Dave, you'll do great with that strategy. Your long runs have been at a very nice pace so knock this one out of the park. I'll be doing the half so maybe I'll see you there!

                Tri-Kev Here are my favorite links:
                My new running club

                Swim 2.4 miles.
                Ride 112 miles.
                Run 26.2 miles.
                Then brag for the rest of your life.
                -Commander John Collins, Ironman Triathlon creator

                  +1 for going out at 3:30 pace - pick it up at 20 miles if you still feel able to - if you don't, at least you know you shouldn't have gone out any faster! For most people ... McMillan's marathon predictions are a little quick.
                  JellyFish


                    Thanks for the responses. I think starting at 3:30 pace to 20 rings true with me. I may risk a spectacular crash at the end but at least I'll know where I stand by the end of it. Big grin
                    Dave - i'll come get you and taunt you to the finish if it will help!!


                    IronMan ;)

                      Dave, the Reston Runners have a tent near the start line, you are welcome to hang with us before, after the race. You can store your bag there as well. Even better than "The Tree" at MCM Smile I hope to see you tomorrow as you knock this outa the park! Kevin

                      Tri-Kev Here are my favorite links:
                      My new running club

                      Swim 2.4 miles.
                      Ride 112 miles.
                      Run 26.2 miles.
                      Then brag for the rest of your life.
                      -Commander John Collins, Ironman Triathlon creator


                      HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

                        Kev, your running club link in your sig is broken -- it says www/ where it should say www. Took me a couple minutes to figure it out...

                        It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


                        IronMan ;)

                          Thanks, it is fixed now Blush

                          Tri-Kev Here are my favorite links:
                          My new running club

                          Swim 2.4 miles.
                          Ride 112 miles.
                          Run 26.2 miles.
                          Then brag for the rest of your life.
                          -Commander John Collins, Ironman Triathlon creator


                          HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

                            PS: Didn't get a chance to meet you today -- saw a guy running in the full with Kevin on his bib that reminded me a bit of your photo, but as that wasn't even the right distance, clearly not....

                            It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


                            Dave

                              Predictions are overrated. Learned a lot. Full race report in the main forum.
                              I ran a mile and I liked it, liked it, liked it.

                              dgb2n@yahoo.com