I’m about a month and a half into my official marathon training. So far, my longest run was this past Monday at about 14 miles (13.5 plus a warmup walk and cooldown walk). I’m not increasing distance again until the weekend of November 3/4. I have the Baltimore Half Marathon tomorrow and the Army Ten Miler the following weekend. The weekend after that, I will be out of town for a wedding.
I figure that the racing will be good training because even though I’m not increasing distance, I will be running faster than normal training pace.
My pace has been frustrating as of late. I’m not doing a lot of speedwork, as it isn’t recommended in the plan I’m following. Once I’m confident that I can handle the distance, I will return to speedwork. I do run my mid-week runs at a faster pace than my weekend runs, but that’s about it. So I shouldn’t expect to see any pace improvement. It’s just frustrating to see my pace falling.
Here’s an example from Monday’s run.
Mile 1 – 14:28
Mile 2 – 14:02
Mile 3 – 13:41
Mile 4 – 14:52 (here is where I got stopped by a guy who wanted to chat)
Mile 5 – 13:45
Mile 6 – 13:56
Mile 7 – 14:23 (here is where I stopped to look at map)
Mile 8 – 13:42
Mile 9 – 14:17
Mile 10 – 14:03
Mile 11 – 13:49
Mile 12 – 13:56
Mile 13 – 14:24
Final .46 – 6:52
That’s about a 14:08 pace. Which I guess isn’t that bad, now that I look at it. All the calculators say I should be running my long runs at 14:07 based on my half marathon PR, so… maybe I shouldn’t complain. It’s just tough to see those numbers. I’d like to be running at least under a 14 minute mile.
This is when being slow just eats away at my brain. My goal for the marathon? Finish. I’d like to finish in the official time, meaning that I need to run 16 minute miles. So if I can keep my training at under 14:30’s, I’m fine. I don’t have any other time goals. Time goals are for my second marathon, assuming there is one.
But it’s hard to be slow just the same.