What’s Your Actual Marathon Race Pace?

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In 2013, Runner’s World published a piece by Amby Burfoot that concluded most runners are better off listening to their bodies versus following a formulaic pacing approach, according to a study he cites.

Amby reviews the marathon data and writes

The runners held their pace for 13.1 miles, but then slowed dramatically. But wait. We all know The Wall doesn’t hit you until 20 miles. There’s no physiological reasons for marathoners to suddenly fatigue at the halfway point. What gives? Why did the runners crash at 13.1 miles?

My guess: The runners were relying too heavily on high goal-setting, heart-rate monitors, GPS systems, equivalent-performance tables, and the like. In other words, they used one or several of these tools to pick a goal pace faster than their actual race-day fitness. That’s what we high-success, high-determination, Type A runners often do.

SpeedPass – NYC’s Custom Running Groups

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Today we’re announcing – SpeedPass – our new training partnership with The NY Flyers, one of New York City’s largest running clubs. Most running/speedwork groups are fun and motivating but they lack personalization and structure needed to help runners stay healthy and maximize their potential.

SpeedPass is broken into three seasons throughout the year to provide more structured training. Unlike other running group options it provides custom workouts and paces depending on what your focus is for that season.

All SpeedPass members receive:

  1. One in-person group/coached practice session per week
  2. Invite to Dr. Jack Daniels VDOT Training Calendar Log
  3. Two custom quality workouts/paces per week added to your training calendar

“Until yesterday, I could not see myself running a full marathon.”

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The Running Jones (@TheRunningJones) wrote up a great review of our new training calendar VDOT O2. We’re excited to be part of his journey back into marathon shape after “10 years of of pizza, cheeseburgers, and ice cream.”

I’ve referred to the Daniels Running Formula book for years, but it’s a completely different experience to have a training plan that was designed by Dr. Jack Daniels and custom-tailored for me by the coaches at The Run SMART Project.  I don’t have to be the expert.  My entire Jack Daniels 15-Week Marathon training schedule, including my goal race, is loaded right into the VDOT O2 App.

Until yesterday, I could not see myself running a full marathon.  I’ve run five marathons, but the last one was ten years ago.  Yesterday I felt like I took a quantum leap in fitness.  I ran my entire twelve miles at an average of 9:10 per mile, slightly faster than my target pace of 9:14.  I had to keep myself from going too fast.  I didn’t stagger in on dead legs a few minutes per mile slower than when I started as I had done on my last few long runs, which were at least a mile shorter than this one.  Yesterday I could finally see myself running a full marathon.

Full review here.