Since I wasn't familiar with marathon pacing, I Googled it! I found a website called "MARCO Marathon Calculator". The premise is simple, select your race distance, enter your desired finish time, and the website will calculate your pace for each mile.
Like I said, I had not been training for a marathon, I had no idea what pace I could maintain, and I definitely had no clue as to what a reasonable finish time was. So, what should a marathon newbie do? Did you say take the Boston Qualifying time for your age group and subtract 10 minutes? Ding! Ding! Ding! If that was your answer, then you win a prize because that is EXACTLY what I did!
This turned out to NOT be a very good plan. There was no way, with my lack of training, that I could reach that finish time. On top of that, I started out way too fast and slowly deteriorated.
|Birthday Pace 2012|
My CIM Plan
This year, after several triathlons and a couple half marathons, I have once again turned to the MARCO calculator. This time I was a little more conservative with my finish time. I have also been practicing running at the correct pace.
Hopefully, when the starting gun goes off next month, I won't take off like one of my dogs chasing a squirrel :-)