8 miles including a 5K Parkrun
I ran the 5K race this morning to gauge my fitness level. And my time was 23:22. Using the McMillan calculator, my 5K time projected a 8:41 marathon pace with a finishing time of 3.47:41.
The McMillan calculator is a reliable estimator. Last year, it projected my marathon time of 3.35.:00. And I finished the Erie Marathon in 3.35:09. 9 seconds difference.* And my 5K time last April was 22:29.
Even though I am not as fit as last year, I like to to bring my fitness level to par with last year’s. Yes, I know 12 minutes and 33 seconds sounds a lot to improve. But it’s still early in my training, and having a goal will keep me motivated. So why not.
Got plan for the Memorial Day Weekend?
*Correction – the McMillan calculator predicted a 3.39:05 marathon finish based on my 5K time. But I set my goal at 3.35:00. Nevertheless I would still recommend the calculator as a planning tool.