Marathon pace runs

How far, how long...

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23/02/2005 at 12:13
I'm looking for a bit of guidance from the forumites about the best strategy for race pace runs.

The RW schedules make mention of sticking in some time within a long run at intended race pace but what I'd like to know is this: how far, or how long should your 'biggest' run be running it all at race pace. [Apart from 26.2 miles on 17th April, of course!]

Should it be, say, two thirds of race distance at marathon pace - more, less...

Hope this makes sense!

the bat
23/02/2005 at 13:03
Have a look on the "Sub 4.15" thread (page 4) for some discussion about this.

It suggests doing some long runs at a slow pace and others starting slowly, but speeding up for the last 30-90 minutes of the run.

Personally I try and alternate long runs between slow and race pace.

23/02/2005 at 13:25
Cheers MJ - I've been doing that as part of my training.

Is there any consensus in how far is not too far for doing the whole of a run, say 16-17 miles at marathon pace from start to finish?

Maybe a long run at race pace is not advisable but I'd expect that at least one of the 'shorter' big runs should aim to mimic race day, up to a point.

the bat

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