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It's All About the Right Time and Pace

Posted Aug 20 2011 9:41pm
One of the primary things that I have been stressing over is the marathon and if I can make it by the cut off time. About a week ago I took a look at last year’s marathon race numbers to see what happened and where I would finish. I don’t care if it is dead last as long as I cross the finish before the 8 hour mark. So here are my notes that I forwarded out to the others I will be starting the race with.
Just some interesting numbers from last year in regards to finishing the race over 6 hours.

901 people ran the full marathon in 20104:18:00 was the average finish time (9:51 mile pace)354 people finished between 4 and 5 hours112 people finished between 5 and 6 hours48 people finished between 6 and 7 hours9 people finished over 7 hours7:32 was the slowest person in 2010
So here is what these times break down to pace wise:13:44 minute mile pace to hit 6 hours. (To start early we have to be slower than this.)16:01 minute mile is to hit a 7 hour finish17:10 minute mile pace to hit a 7 1/2 hour finish18:18 minute mile to beat the 8 hour time limit. That is just less than 3 miles an hour.
Our Splits to simply make it less than 8 hours would be:
Times
1
Mile
00:18:18.45
2
Mile
00:36:36.90
3
Mile
00:54:55.35
4
Mile
01:13:13.80
5
Mile
01:31:32.25
6
Mile
01:49:50.70
7
Mile
02:08:09.15
8
Mile
02:26:27.60
9
Mile
02:44:46.05
10
Mile
03:03:04.50
11
Mile
03:21:22.95
12
Mile
03:39:41.40
13
Mile
03:57:59.85
14
Mile
04:16:18.30
15
Mile
04:34:36.75
16
Mile
04:52:55.20
17
Mile
05:11:13.65
18
Mile
05:29:32.10
19
Mile
05:47:50.56
20
Mile
06:06:09.01
21
Mile
06:24:27.46
22
Mile
06:42:45.91
23
Mile
07:01:04.36
24
Mile
07:19:22.81
25
Mile
07:37:41.26
26
Mile
07:55:59.71
26.21875
Mile
07:59:59.99
Splits

I looked today at my race times for the last three years. I have finished all of the races under the 8 hour pace time, even with some really slow finial miles. So mentally I feel I can and will do it. Now if only my body agrees and will hold up for that additional distance and time. I’ll find out very soon.


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