Rowan Jones has now dropped over 1-hour off his marathon PR in the past 6-years. His progression continued at the Indianapolis Marathon with a 2:45:18 (3:50 PR). [Full Results]
Marathon PR Progression
- 3:46 (5/2012)
- 3:12 (1/2013)
- 2:58 (12/2013)
- 2:54 (4/2015)
- 2:49 (10/2016)
- 2:45 (11/2018)
It’s been incredible to see Rowan’s progress as an athlete. Even better, he recently became a VDOT Certified Coach passing Dr. Daniels’ exam with one of the top scores to date. He’s now transferring all his knowledge to other athletes on the VDOT Marketplace.
After the race Rowan reflected on his strategy…
I went against how I normally race (conservatively). There was a women’s OTQ B 2:45 pace group available so I chose to go out with them. We had a solid pack of about 15 through the half, but the group started to splinter a bit as we reached 16-18 miles. I stayed with the pacer until he dropped back at mile 20. Running with that group was a tremendous help in my opinion, even though I had to go out a bit faster than I wanted to. Things started to get a bit rough for me around mile 21-22, but I believe the increase in MP miles above overall mileage in my plan helped me push through. I ran a faster than overall average mile 26 pace of 6:17/mi. I made a game time decision to ease off a bit as the OTQ group fell apart so that I could still close well and it proved to be the right decision. I just checked my splits and they were actually more even than I thought.
Going out with those speedy women was a gamble, but I still believe it resulted in a net gain over trying to run by myself. This also punched my ticket for Boston 2020 (and then some).