St. Mary's loop with the dog. She kept the pace honest.
In an attempt to build some confidence for a quality race this weekend, I did a little historical analysis. I looked at the 16 weeks of training for my 3 previous marathons and compared the end results. Of course there are many other things that can affect a finishing time for a marathon (quality sleep and food intake days before, weather, hydration, course terrain, etc), but I figured the 4 months of training could be a starting point for expectations
|Marathon||Total Miles||Average Miles/Week||High Week||Low Week||Runs 20+||Time|
|St. George 07||355||22.18||36||0||2||2:44:16|
|California Int. 08||704||44||70||7||4||2:35:47|
Eh..... Who knows? The main thing I ask myself--"Is it worth it?" For St. George I averaged 22 miles a week and ran a sub-2:45, then only ran 9 minutes faster when I doubled my mileage 1 year later.