Great seeing many of you this Sunday at Metric! Good workouts and races!
This week we are going to do our last Marathon paced workout of the program.
7 miles at marathon pace around Lake K. We have reserved Lake K to do the workout.
Warm up: 1.5 miles easy to Lake K
Work out 7 miles at your predicted marathon pace (so stop making loops around the Lake when you have hit the 8.5 mark on your Garmin).
Cool down 1.5 mile easy back to the high school.
This should give you at least 10 miles total for the work out.
Matt and Tunde
Coach Franz will be joining us for the marathon pace workout at Lake K this evening. A common question is usually about marathon pace since seriously, who can easily calculate that in their head without difficulty? I found this handy link which puts it all out on one page (from world record to normal goals) so that it’s easy to find your pace looking left (goal) to right (avg mile pace):
From the pre-program survey, common goals (ish) with paces were 3:30 (8 mpm), 3:15 (7:28 mpm), and 3:45 (8:33 mpm) for reference in case you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to look at the chart..
Finally, here are some average times for those who’ve logged in RA which may be what you want to shoot for based on the last 6mi tempo workout – though conditions might be a little favorable. In this case we could pick it up the last miles in a “negative split” type fashion if it’s too easy for slightly faster miles 6 and 7.
Seth – 8:05
Tim – 8:00ish
Rachel – 7:50
Ryan – 7:30 (based on 3:25 goal, 7:45-7:50)
Mark – 7:00
Steamtown / Chicago:
Allison – 8:10 (avg pace, if running 10s faster than MP, 8:20)
Ken – 7:55
Pamela – 8:10 or 8:20
Note 1 – Steamtown/Chicago folks are tapering!! This should be an awesome opportunity for you to keep some intensity in your workout while starting to slowly decrease your mileage leading up to race day! Additionally as you’re appx 2.5 weeks out this is awesome mentally, to be able to get into your mental groove for the pace that you hope to keep for the upcoming race. It’s coming soon!
Note 2 – A few of you ran Metric this weekend (GREAT JOB!) – Seth, Ryan, Mark, Russ – please don’t go by the above times. Most of you either raced it or ran it as a goal marathon pace type workout from what I remember, and doing another MP workout two days after isn’t really a great idea. So I’d step it down a bit and go maybe 30s slower to play it conservatively and avoid potential injury. I learned a valuable lesson last year when running Yassos two days after my goal marathon and it didn’t go so well…
Note 3 – Since this is the longest run that we’ll do at a marathon pace, it might be worth considering your race strategy. Though we’re on a loop course around Lake K and have a prime place to leave water, it’s better to follow what you’ll be doing during the race. So if you’re planning on wearing a hydration belt or using a bottle, bring it – this can add in the mental preparation leading up to race day.
Finally, please let me know if you’re not able to make it – I’ve been out of the loop on vacation and catching up a bit on logs but it looks like Russ may be out. We’d like to head out by 6pm to avoid waning daylight so please drop a note if you can!
Coach Matt and Tunde