Running Pace Dilemma

I’ve been taking a closer look at the training paces in the marathon training plan I got from runnersworld.co.uk.  The paces for the various runs seem to be a bit slow to me.  I mean, much slower than I would normally go.

For example, I usually run easy at around 05:45 min/km – 06:30 min/km which equates to 09:15 min/mile – 10:27 min/mile.  The training plan I posted has a long run training pace of 12:14 min/mile which works out as 07:36 min/km; substantially slower than my usual “easy” pace.

This means that if I somehow (with a miracle) managed to run the whole marathon at a pace of 12:14 min/mile I would finish in about 5 hours and 20 minutes.  Is that okay?  I mean, I’m not the lightest or fittest runner in the world and survival is my main goal.  However, I’d also like to finish before they pack up to go home!

One Response to “Running Pace Dilemma”

  1. Running Tights Guy 05/07/2010 at 10:42 #

    That does seem a little slow, although dont forget your pace will probably deteriorate quite significantly in the later stages. I would say survival is most definately a good place to start ;-), but only you’re experience can really prepare you for how things will go on the day. The 8 mile times you mention seem good, but i guess alot will come down to how many long runs (15 mile plus) you get in as part of your training. Good luck though! look forward to reading more…