Day 1 Week 2 – Know Your Pace

38 min. (approx 4 miles) + striders

Starting too fast is a common mistake for marathoners.  Being there, done that.  So prevalent in fact, even elite runner is not immune from it.  Just ask Hayley Carruthers.

Carruthers finished 18th in this past Sunday’s London marathon. Spectacularly. Made more so by her crawling through the finish line on her hands and knees.  Because she was caught up in the excitement of the race and started out too fast.

Our body has limited fuel for the 26.2 mile race.  When the fuel meter is running low, the choice is to slow down or stop. This is why race pace is critical.  It’s the most fuel efficient pace.  I am sure Carrthers knows that – it caught up with her half way through the race.

Her time of 02:33:59 was nevertheless impressive and her personal best.   But I couldn’t help to think had she flipped her paces, starting out at crawling pace and finishing fast, the race would be an entirely different experience for her.

Do you know your race pace?


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