I am training for my first marathon and entering new territory every week as the long runs increase. I did 16 miles today off the back of three 14 milers. I am running these distances fairly steady in terms of pace (today all 16 miles were between 9:35 and 9:50 min miles). When I finish i am tired, I am sore and I am relieved to not have to run any further. I wouldnt say I am exhausted but mentally and physically I am ready to stop. If my life depended on it I am sure I could go on but I am glad to not have to...
Is this similar to how others feel? Is this what a 16 mile run should feel like at slow pace?
Everything that I read suggests that I should be trying to run the marathon at a quicker pace and I am really not sure i could do an extra 10 miles quicker than i did today and am not sure if it is just where i should be at this stage of the training (10 weeks out) or am i going to fast for long slow run feeling as i do at the end. Or is this all psycholgoical ie I knew i was running 16 miles so my mind was ready to finish at 16?
That sounds about right for 10 weeks out. You dom't have to run the marathon quicker. As it's your first, don't have too much of a fixed target in mind. If you're running 16 miles at sub 10 m/m pace now you'll be fine. Is your current pace "pushing it" or "easy" ? Aim for "easy" at this stage.
my current pace isdefinately easy. At around the 8/9 mile mark it feels like i could go at that pace forever however as i get to 11/12 onwards I start counting the miles down in my head. So I guess it is endurance which is not surprising as I have never run these kind of distances, actually the past 15 years of my life have not seen me go beyond 4 miles...
Oh, in that case, just stick with the plan, you are going to have a brilliant first marathon,
My run today was 17 miles at 10:30 pace, the first three quarters felt easy, the last quarter (at exactly the same pace) I wanted it over with
By all means join in on the sub-4 thread here
Mike, thanks for the reassurance.
I do lurk on the thread but could only dream of a sub 4. I think I will be a good 30 minutes behind.
Runnersbeen - I think it's natural to feel like that - I did 16 Saturday & got a right drenching from mile 5 - wanted to jack it all in as felt shattered but kept on going - still dripping now!
Your body is taking a pounding it's not used to - try doing a 13/14 this weekend - it's ages yet to spring marathons so there's no point in peaking too soon - in fact a lot of schedules tell you to do that - take a an easy week after a hard week. Also, your body is a complex thing - some days are harder than others & there's no real evidence why so it's natural to feel rubbish
try not to think about it too much otherwise it becomes a mental block. you say we so hopefully you run with others otherwise I find my music a good distraction or running somewhere you haven't been before so it's all new - running's like anything repetitve - gets boring after a while!
Good luck & believe me you aren't alone - there's a lot of us out there suffering!
BTW - are you doing London?
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