Tonight, I got in a fast 5 mile run on the treadmill. I set out to run what I hope will be my next marathon pace in the spring or fall of 2015 (really hope spring!). My pace for the 5 miles was 7:30/mile. I finished the run in a total of 37:30. Looking back, I am pretty sure I could have pushed myself another couple miles at the same pace. If I can progress my endurance and increase my runs over the next few months, I definitely think I could handle this pace for a full marathon. It would have me finishing 26.2 miles in 3:16:38. That would be huge and I am shooting for it.
On my side, I ran a half marathon, my first ever, in 1:34. This breaks down as a pace of 7:11/mile. Because of these numbers, I feel confident shooting for that goal.
I need to now go online and find a marathon to apply this training towards.