yesterday's long run of 16 miles was a training run to get me used to running longer distances and gave me time on my feet. It allows me to build endurance. According to the Runner's World Smart Coach app on my iPhone my pace should have been 10'00". Earlier in my training my target was 10'12". Yesterday my overall pace was 10'05" and I honestly still had the target 10'12" in my mind. I hadn't looked at my target paces in awhile. And yesterday I wasn't even listening to splits, I opted to run by feel and ended up running the end of my run faster than the start.
Here are my issues with the long run pace:
- I have a hard time trusting that getting my body used to running 16-20 miles at 10'00" in training will allow me to run 26.2 miles at 9'07" come race day. And I didn't pick that number out of a hat. That is the pace Smart Coach predicts I will be able to run come race day.
- I question the impact running at elevation and running hills has on my target pace. Should I make adjustments or stick to it?
- I didn't ease up too much in my long runs during training for my first marathon and ran even slower come race day.
What do you think of the long run pace?
Does it properly train you to run long at a faster pace?
P.S. In defense of the easy/long run pace - in my last two long runs I have felt strong cardio-wise. It is aches in legs and mental hurdles that I am fighting.
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