Today I ran 20miles in just under 2hours 40mins. I am doing the Edinburgh Marathon in 8 weeks and wondering if sub 3h30 is realistic? I'd like to think it is but my half marathon pb is 1h40 which isnt that quick. Any thoughts would be appreciated,
Hi Jeremy & Cougie,
Thank you for your replies.
Cougie- Yes it was a training run, and I double checked the distance on my garmin by mapping it when i got home, just in case i was wrong! But i was pushing myself as i knew that was my target time.
Jeremy- I was pretty tired, I had to pop home around 16miles for an extra gel and some water, as i had only taken 1 gel at 8 miles. It was reasonabley even paced, maybe a few 4.50km's and 5.10km's but mainly around 5min/km. Having said that i think i could do another 6 miles at the pace when in a race environment, but it was tough. It wasnt half marathon pace tough though.
This was my first 20mile run, I have done a few 15milers and an 18, and i did a half marathon 3 weeks ago which was 1.40.08. I can't seem to break 1.40 but I can seem to keep going slower for longer. I am following a Garmi training plan which has 1 long run per week, 2 interval sessions (1 short & 1 long), 2 steady/easy runs and a strength session.
Thanks Tim. I see your point about subsequent training sessions, with the mara pace long run i experienced fatigue 24-72hours afterwards, but with a slower pace long run i have felt fresher after a day. slower pace 20miles for me tomorrow, but nice to know i can run that fast.
thank you for your advice.
littlelaura wrote (see)
No but this is part of my problem, I run every run as hard as I can, I don't see why I should run slower if I want to get faster?
Probably a line of thinking everyone has gone down at one stage.
Then you realise running every run as hard as you can leads only 1 way, to plateauing, to injuries and to being utterly wrecked.
You need to slow down the majority of your runs, and this leaves you fresh to do a couple of truly hard sessions a week.
They will give you the speed and the long runs at slow pace will give you the endurance. The tempo work binds them together.
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