Marathon advice: how fast dare I go?
I've run two marathons in the last 10 months, and both went great--not a single difficult mile in either. Pondering which one to run next, and also feel ready to get aggressive on my pace. Maybe the better way to put it is that having completed two marathons without serious pain or catastrophic failure, I'm ready to take some risks even if it means I experience the dreaded bonk.
My race times are slow because I run with my husband who keeps a metronome-like 10min/mile pace. He's 6'1", 185lb, and despite his many many fine qualities, he is simply never going to be a fast runner. :D
Nov 2010 4:37
Jun 2011 4:23 I know in my heart I could have run this much faster, but I lost about 8 min to a portapotty line :mad: and I was worried about having enough calories because my sandwich fell out of my pack at around mile 10. I was taking a lot of spectator food to make up for it, but didn't have a lot of confidence in that strategy. So even though I felt great, I didn't want to go for broke too soon and waited until mile 20 to kick it in gear. Ran the last 6 at about 8:45 - 9:00 pace, and in hindsight I should have gone for it sooner because at the finish line I had so much gas left in the tank that I could have kept going a few more miles.
When I'm not running with hubby, my natural pace is about 8:30-9:00 for the midweek 4-6 milers. I did a half marathon last summer in 1:59. And in May I ran a sanctioned 5k at a 6:58 pace (1st place for my age division, 2nd for women overall. Woot!)
I'm 43y/o and, having never been a runner (in school it was always soccer and riding), I've never had any coaching other than hubby who is also self-trained. So I'm not sure how to assess what I can realistically "go for". Hubby's whispering "Qualify for boston!" in my ear (which for my age division would require a 3:50 finish). I'm intrigued but is that a crazy goal?
i.e.. is this the equivalent of posting "I just got a cute little 2year old stud colt and I'm going to train him myself because I read a lot of Practical Horseman magazines!!" :lol: