One thing I struggle with on long runs is doing them at a slower pace. I’ve been told by Samantha and several other great sources that long runs should be done at a pace 60-90 seconds slower than your race pace. The reasoning behind this is because in training you only get up to 20 miles, so you need to have that time on your feet to be prepared for the full 26.2. While this makes perfect sense in my head (and my legs will thank me later), while I’m running on Saturday’s it’s hard to slow down knowing that I worked so hard to get to where I am. As I am taking those longer runs ‘easy’, it feels a little bit like I’m setting myself up to come in last.
A few years ago, before I started running regularly, I signed up for a mini triathlon in Batavia, Illinois. I didn’t train for it as well as I should have and as a result, I literally came in almost last place (see results here if you don’t believe me- I’m in 537th place). After finishing, I decided that I would work hard and train the right way for every race after.
With Batavia in mind, I will continue to train for the marathon and follow the schedule and trust that my hard work will pay off.
I did my Saturday 6 mile run on the treadmill. While I don’t love running in place for almost an hour, the view was amazing!