The time is really flying by - hard to believe I am half way done with my training. My training plan is essentially 20 weeks long, with the first ten week focused on base and mileage building and the second ten weeks focused on more speed and tempo training.
With ten weeks to go, I am now starting to see specified paces for my runs. There seems to be a lot of runs coming up with marathon pace (MP) in them. And that scares me a little bit because I don't really have a marathon pace.
I have talked before about VDOT and how I use it to dictate my paces for runs based on my previous PR. Ever since last fall I have been using a VDOT based off my 5k PR and it has worked pretty well. But now that I am marathon training I wonder if I should be using that OR if I should use the VDOT based off my PR from last spring's half marathon. There is quite a bit of difference...
|VDOT based on my 5k PR|
|VDOT based on my half marathon PR|
To handle this, at first I am going to start off with the 8:01 min/mile pace for my marathon paced runs and go from there. If the pace starts to feel too hard or too easy I can adjust from there. Also in less than two weeks I have a hilly 15k race. This race should serve as a little guide for my endurance and fitness.
How do you determine your paces?