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Right, I'm prob getting carried away with myself....but, heck, who cares....
I just did 9 minute miles (for the first time ever!) and managed to keep that pace for 45 minutes, and didn't feel out of breath or that tired.
I'm coming back from injury (shin splints) and building up my running again. I was meant to do a half marathon race last week but needed to pull out due to not being able to build up in time to 13 miles again due to the injury. So that was going to be my 'pacer' for the marathon in 6 1/2 weeks time.
My half marathon pace in November 2011 was 2 hours 14. I was hoping for a 4.30 marathon.
But I had thought my injury put a that out the window. Since being injured I've been training in the pool (mainly threshold training) and it seems to have made quite a big impact on my speed.
Since the injury I've moved my pace for the marathon from 15 minute miles, to 13 minute miles, I was now thinking I might be able to do 11 - 12 minute miles. But given my run today - could I do it even less?
How do people work it all out???? And any advice would be helpful!
(I'm thinking, really, of doing 11 minute miles, and walking for 1 minute at every mile to drink and re-fuel) Reasonable?