28 Jul '15, 8pm

How to set your goal marathon pace:

Most marathoners-in-training start their program with a time goal in mind, often an ambitious one that inspires and motivates them. At some point in training, however, smart marathoners need to adjust their goals to their fitness: The marathon is run on finely tuned physiological systems, not audacity and courage. As a coach of elite marathoners whose livelihood depends on racing, Brad Hudson has heard quite a few ambitious marathon pace goals within his group. "We try to structure around that and be optimistic very early," he says. "That doesn't mean we don't adjust it as we get closer to the race. I try to be realistic with the marathon, because it's important that you know what you can and can't do based on where your fitness is." But how do you assess that fitness and make a good marathon prediction, particularly if you've never run a marathon before, or your fitness h...

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