06 May '16, 2am

Q: Should I do my long run or race during training? A:

Because of the length of this training run and because it’s your first time running that distance, you should pace yourself conservatively during the 10K portion and run it no faster than your goal marathon race pace. The focus of this training run is two-fold: completing your longest training run to date and practicing your goal marathon race pace for 6.2 miles in the midst of a long run. This is not a day for personal records, so focus on completing the mileage and enjoying the social atmosphere of race day. (It will really help during that middle portion of the long run.) I suggest running eight miles before the race at a very easy, comfortable pace. Time it just right so you finish the eight miles and arrive at the start line with very little wait time. You want just enough time to get some water and/or nutrition, use the bathroom, and line up. Then, run the 10K at you...

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