how to calculate your pace for marathon?

kaffeegkaffeeg ✭✭✭

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?


  • To be brutally honest Kaffeeg, it souonds like you are unprepared to run a marathon in 6 1/2 weeks time. Even if you had built up enough to run the half marathon last week, you'd still be behind in distance as normally you thave a 3 week taper meaning you'd have had 3 weeks left to build up your endurance runs.

    Also, as I understand it, 12.45 pace is the threshold at which running any slower is inefficient and uneconomical. Power walking becomes your best option.

    Aside from the above, the easiest way to work it out is to base it on previous races of different distances, and this web site's calculator will work it all out for you . I find the results from it a bit optomistic, but it's a decend guide.

    Good luck

  • So you couldn't do a half last week, but you're planning on a full in 6 weeks time ?

    Sounds unlikely you'll do yourself justice to be honest.

    What is your longest run ?

    One forty five minute run isn't enough to predict your marathon time with any accuracy.
    Had you done the half then you can plug that onto the race predictor and that is fairly accurate PROVIDED you are as well trained for the full as you are for a half.
    I don't think that's the case here ?

    Run walk is an option but if you take on water and fuel every mile you'll probably need a lot of toilet stops.

    Good luck!
  • Just set off and run at 10 minute mile pace

    Let us be honest here and say that at some point you will stop running and start walking. 

    Let us be even more honest and say that at some point you will stop walking and start crawling (I have been here and started crying, but think you might be tougher than me).

    Total shot in the dark but I think you will finish in a time between 5 and 5:30 hours.

    You will probably not be able to walk for a month and run for about 6 months.

    Sensible advice would be not to do the marathon and build up your running, and one another day. I have at times taken this advice and at other not done hurts.

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  • use this....

    and/or this....

    You need to know your current ability, ideally a race time...or at least a decent and HONEST guess of what you might be capable of....

    ...and the macmillan thing dibbers mentioned is very good (same sort of thing as the above links)

  • kaffeegkaffeeg ✭✭✭
    Oh. Ermmm. Thanks. I think!

    I think I know what I'm getting myself in some extent! I've kept up the training (aqua jogging), and could have run the half marathon as am up to that time on my feet running hipefully this weekend, but didn't want to risk it. I've been doing two hour long runs for several weeks as either aqua jogging or a combination of land running and cross trainoing. I think my longest run will be about 16/17 miles (plan to walk, if poss, an extra mile before to warm up and an extra mile at the end).
    I know I'm undertrained. It's not how I planned it! But my physio said I can do it. Will let you know in 6 weeks if I should have took your advice!!
    But, thanks for tips about pacing.
  • The RW predictor isnt applicable here. That would have you at a 4.20 marathon - but to get that I'd say you'd have done at least three or four 20 milers beforehand.

    As I think I said on another of your threads - prepare for a long day out and pace yourself. If you set off too fast - you will really pay for it in the end.

    Definitely run walk. And I'd probably go for twelve minute miles when you run.

    Is it London you're doing ?
  • kaffeegkaffeeg ✭✭✭
    Yep, london. Def run/walking it - think it will be the only thing to get me round.

  • Well you won't be on your own then - plenty of people will be lots slower.
    I'll wave to you !
  • I don't think running at 12 minute miles rather than say 10 will help at all. 

    If you do it then run at a comfortable pace. If you can do 9 minutes for 5 miles then I would think 10 minute miling would allow you to go at a pace you can have a chat. 12 minute miles will probably hurt even more.

    Good luck and you won't be the first to do it the hard way!

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