Should I be doing my training at race pace? Logically I can't expect to make my body run the speed I would in a race in all my runs without getting injured but what bothers me is that I seem to do my long runs very slowly and my interval/speed sessions fast (for me) so how am I supposed to know what speed to race comfortably at? Currently I've been starting off slowly in my races and running as I feel all the way through but there must be a better way of judging pacing that that. I'm training for my first half-marathon at the moment and I'm following the RW "get you round schedule" but most of the long runs are slower than the pace I'm supposed to magically hit on the day. Should I incude a tempo run where I do the middle section of a run at the pace I am aiming for on race day?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Yep your long runs should be slower than race pace. Trust in the schedule they tend to be put together buy people who know what they are on about. I wouldn't include a tempo in the middle of my long runs but what I do it start slowly and build up towards the end of the run. If you are finding the current paces to easy maybe revise your target.
but colonel blimp..........your race pace for a marathon is going to be a lot different to your 5k race3 pace.........
therefore doing a 20 mile long run should be slower than your marathon pace........not just slower than your 10k pace.
I'm sure a lot of the shorter tempo runs in the week should be done quicker than marathon pace.
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