Yesterday was a short (recovery) run Sunday. We ran 4 miles total, including a Magic Mile. My goal, as you may recall, was to come in at under 10 minutes and beat my previous time of 10:03 by at least 4 seconds. My time, was 9:28! That is a much bigger improvement than I expected, and probably the most dramatic I will see during this training cycle.
I plugged in my new time in the Galloway predictor page and I see that my new predicted race time is 5 hours and 22 minutes. That’s still a pretty long marathon time. I’m giving some thought to starting with the walkers, who start an hour early. Since my goal for my first marathon is to finish, I think that might afford me the opportunity to enjoy some of the festivities at the end.
I also see that I may be moved into the 14 minute pace group, which is where I started out that first week, when they had me down for a half marathon. I like the people in my pace group, though, so I’m not sure how I feel about that. One thing I know for sure is that if I wanted to, I could stay in the slower pace group. Perhaps I will decide based on who else is moving.
With 117 days to go before the marathon, and three more Magic Miles planned, I expect my predicted pace to improve somewhat. I’ll hold off on deciding whether to start with the walkers or runners for now.