8.7 miles in 1:04:30
8.5 miles in 1:05:15
I thought I knew the distance that I was running during the past couple runs, but I did not.
Rolling hills, just an out and back, but I hadn't measured it properly on runnersworld.com
so I ended up with these weird distances.
Alright. I am making my way through this week, getting in the mileage. We'll see how the next couple days go and if I get in another 20 miler tomorrow. That's the plan. I will aim to run it at 8 min/mile pace, since I have been running every other run this week significantly faster.
Lately I have been thinking through my plans for the pre-race taper. Not sure exactly how to go about it, but I think I am going with a 2 weeks taper. During the 3rd week before the race, I'll run my last long run (hopefully right in the middle of that 3rd week, so it is more like a 2.5 week taper). I am still not sure how much running to do/how much mileage and intensity I should cut out in those weeks before the race. I need to continue to figure that out. Definitely some racepace running on that second to last week. 6-10 mile runs at goal marathon pace. And of course a good amount of easy running.
When I look in different training books, like Daniel's Running Formula, he recommends easy running and some a tempo run during the last week, but like, 90 min, 60 min, 60 min, tempo, 30min, rest, 20-30 min. Which when I do the math, would definitely NOT be a reduction of mileage for me. At least not significantly.
And I have decided on the "fitness test" run that I will do during the 4th or 3rd week out (it might count as my last ong run). I will use it to make a final decision on the per/mile pace to stick with during the race. A run of 2 miles easy, 15 miles at goal marathon pace, and then 2 miles easy. Unless this workout just completely beats me up, I'll start the marathon at the pace I held for those 15 miles and hopefully that is pretty close to right on. I wish I had stayed active on this blog thing and hundreds of other people would comment and say "this is the method I used for determining an appropriate race pace."
I'll just have to scour some of the blogs/site and find more suggestions.