Teddie, congrats on your performance at Tallahassee. There are several race predictor calculators that may be able to give you an idea as to whether you can run a 3:30. Many folks find the predictions relatively good but some dont. As Zeke noted, weather and course conditions can make a difference. Here are some suggestions that should help you improve your time if youre not already doing them:
- Use an advanced training program that includes some speed work, hill work and tempo running. Shorter races may be used to gauge your progress toward your goal and double as speed work.
- Practice running your marathon goal pace for a few miles at the end of some of your long runs. Do 3-5 20+ mile long runs in training for your marathon.
- Look at your last race splits and see if you slowed down a lot towards the end. If so, start out slower next time and try running even pace, or even effort if its a hilly course or a windy day. In my last race, I caught up and passed all the women in front of me because they started out too fast and ended up slowing down considerably after mile 20.
- Use energy gels or consume some other carbs while running your marathons. Try doing so first in some of your long runs. Some people do better eating pieces of energy bars, fruit, or bagels rather than gels.
And Kim Bruce, if you are out there, my congrats to you as well. Two fabulous marathon performances in 7 days is incredible! I have yet to even attempt running two marathons a week apart ...
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