For those of you who ran your first marathon or first couple of marathons with long slow distance runs, was your marathon pace significantly faster than your training pace or did your marathon time end up pretty close to the pace you trained at? I ran my first (and to date only) marathon at about the pace I did my long, slow runs at. I nearly bonked at mile 23 and really had to hang tough to finish although once I saw that balloon arch I started sprinting.I am a slow runner, anyhow so right now I'm focusing on shorter, faster runs just to get used to moving that fast. I am going to try to slow down a little for a long run this weekend - I'll see how it goes.I am also planning to do Yasso 800s for training this time.Bart Yasso swears that if you can do 10 Yassos at your goal (in minutes) then you will make your intended marathon time (in hours). And now you've got an easier way: you've got Yasso 800s. Want to run a 3:30 marathon? Then train to run a bunch of 800s in 3:30 each. Between the 800s, jog for the same number of minutes it took you to run your repeats. Training doesn't get any simpler than this, not on this planet or anywhere else in the solar system.http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,5033,s6-51-0-0-624,00.htmlWe'll see.
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