|Pace bands are often used in races to stay on target.|
I thought a lot about pacing during my run today. The paces I have run in different races, training runs, etc. I thought about what my body has felt like during different paces and at what distances were involved. The reason for so much reflection on my pacing is that I want to use the coming months to train for a spring marathon and qualify for Boston. Because of this, I need to pick a goal pace and base all my training off this pace. It's nothing magical and I may be making this a bit dramatic, my apologies, but I am going to reach a bit and go for a goal pace of 7:30/mile for the marathon in the spring. If I can do that, which will be quite an effort, I will finish up my 26.2 in about 3:16:38. That is really cooking along, but I think I can do it.
I have run 2 half marathons with a lot of hills at a pace of around 7:12/mile and I have a lot more training intelligence this time around. We will see if this old body can handle it.
I am going to post my training schedule soon.