I agree with that to a point, but when I read the suggestion of doing a 4 miler with the middle two miles at marathon ‘pace’ just under a week before your marathon, I thought I’d put my own twist on it.
As you might know, I’m not running for a time or to a pace, I’ll be running to my marathon HR, which I’m setting at 150 (80%). The result should be a sub 4 hour marathon, but just how sub 4, I won’t know until I do it.
Today’s run was a trial of how I’d like to run the last 10k (if possible). On the Belfast marathon route, there’s a steady hill from mile 7-14, so I plan to run nice and steady for the first 14 miles (HR 150), probably splitting it into 2×7 miles. Then I’ll keep it steady for 10 miles until 24 miles in and hopefully have a lot left to finish very strongly (with no restriction on my HR).
Today I also played about with my cadence too – or the amount of times your feet stroke the ground. Optimal cadence is 180 and I’ve found mine to be around 174-176. So today I made a concerted effort to get it to the 180 mark, and it worked. 🙂
So here was the ‘time’ or ‘pace’ result – 7:39s, with an avg HR of 153, max of 173, cadence 180. Woohoo.
Finally, in work today I’m doing a ‘Dealing with Stress’ course. I chose to go on it hopefully to compound my understanding of how to deal with stress, but hopefully so I could pass what I learn onto other too. Hopefully later I’ll be all nice and relaxed and destressed! Lol (photo above of me de stressing with kite flying!)