Hello! This is an unplanned post, but I want to get my thoughts out while I have them and hopefully get some insight from other runners out there.
I’m currently training for the Richmond Marathon. It will be marathon #6 (I think) and the 4th time I’ve run Richmond (I think). I’ve had relatively good and bad years there, but the most recent year that I ran (back in 2015) was my marathon PR. I beat my old PR of 3:29 by 14 minutes, coming in at 3:15 and some change. After my tempo this morning, I was having a chat with running buddy Brooke about race goals, plans and whatnot. Brooke stated that she liked to go out fast and hang on and in the past I’ve felt the same way. I like to call it “time banking”, where you basically run faster than your goal pace to allow for slower paces late in the race.
During that conversation I decided it would be wise for me to look back at the splits from Richmond 2015 and see how I was able to run the 3:15. This year I’m looking to shave 5 more minutes off of my PR, which will be challenging but is realistic. I just need to figure out my best approach.
Based on 2015, I “time banked” with about a 1:35 half marathon. I WAS right on pace for the 3:10 that I want this year but would have had no time to slow down in the 2nd half. If I want to bank any time again this year, I’ll have to run an even faster first half or I can choose to try and stay consistent. It’s quite a tough call, I think.
Currently, I’m thinking I’ll try to bank some time. I could shoot for a 1:33 first half to allow for just a couple of minutes of slack. That’s what is so hard about marathons! You can do everything right and be in great shape, but miles 20-26.2 can STILL break you down to nothing.
I really am looking for some help here, runners. What are your thoughts?