Today was our first 20+ mile run. We parked a car at the 8 (12) mile lap and then drove to the start. Our big thing this run was to work on our pace which is a 9 minute run, 1 minute walk and a 11 min warmup. Our 11 minute warmup is 12-12:30 pacing. The remaining sections are negative splits by 15 seconds for each 1/3rd of 26.2 miles. i.e. if the first 9 miles is an 11:45, the next 9 is 11:30 and the last 9 is 11:15.
The averages are over both run and walk. The pacing is designed to have an average of around 11:27 per mile over the course of the marathon. This gets us just under a 5:00 marathon which is our primary goal. Our secondary goal is a 5:15 and our tertiary goal is just to finish before the race ends.
It’s important to have attainable goals.
We did 20.2 miles in 3:47 which leaves us enough time to do another 6 and break 5:00. Maybe.
One problem is that as is our usual thing we hit the 90% point of a run , regardless of distance and things go pear shaped. Around mile 18 to 19 it just got really hard (duh).
My RW did an amazing job and I really wanted to trip her to slow her down but I didn’t. She’s had problems with our last few longer runs, the last 17 mile we did and the last 19 (20) mile we did on trails but this time she just kept on going.
Afterwards we were both mostly okay but we had a superbowl party at a dear friends house and basically ate like pigs.
It’ll be interesting to see how things keep going as we’re about to go int our taper stages.