Saturday, 16 January 2010

Day 260 - slick seven

Type - Steady run

Distance - 7 miles

Time - 57 minutes and 18 seconds

Just a short and steady seven tonight, back in the training company of Jarlath who returned from a eastern European new year holiday to get back into training for the Malta Marathon. His aim is to beat a personal best time in the full marathon at the end of February. As I will only be doing to the half-marathon in Malta, our training needs are slightly different. But Jarlath was keen to join in tonight's run.

Pacing is one of my biggest weaknesses. I have a marathon training programme which tells me in clear terms what I should be running. For this run I should have been aiming for about 63 minutes, or 9 minute miles. We set off at a relaxed pace, and didn't seem to be picking up the speed too much as we went round a familiar river-side run. But even at this slower pace we were averaging 8.5 minute miles. We picked up the pace a little bit towards the end and ended up on 57 minutes, averaging a little over 8 minute miles. It was an enjoyable run, not too difficult, but I need to try and stay within the pace a bit better. The alternative is to set off too fast in the marathon, which would not be useful.

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