Thursday, 17 March 2011

*best* recent performances

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, March 17, 2011 with 3 comments
A note on Tuesday's time predictor: it is supposed to be based on best recent performances, not just any and every recent run over various distances. Analysing my own race performances, I tend to run at my current potential about one run in two. So when you use the predictor to see what time you might aim for in a serious race, use your best times as predictors, not just any old time.

It is good to know whether you are ready or not for, say, a sub three hour marathon. If the table and past experience do not project to sub three, wait a little longer before running the marathon.

I use the marathon as an example because most people can't just keep racing marathons. Each marathon requires that you take much longer to recover than is needed for shorter events.

"But I know people who race many marathons and they keep running good times" I hear you say. (I have very good hearing). But I contend that such people might run half an hour faster if they stopped racing marathons so much and did only one or two of them in a year. I say that because I have seen it.

Don't race marathons to see how your marathon training is going. Race 5ks or 10ks and use the time predictor table to see what you might have run. Then when you are ready, pick a fast marathon course and go for it.

Marathon training will improve 3k, 5k, and 10k times significantly. And every time you improve over the shorter distances, you can be certain that your potential marathon time is improving proportionately. Note though, you must actually be doing the long distances required for marathon training for this to be so.

If I ever get under 38 minutes for 10k again, I will consider returning to marathon racing. Maybe. I think I enjoy 3k, 5k, 10k, 21k more than I enjoy marathons. A marathon is endured rather than enjoyed. So, maybe not, even then.


  1. I wouldn't mind a 3:50:20 marathon, but I know that's not going to happen... I'm not running marathons!

  2. Hey Ewen do you want to do that speed just because it was faster then me... well if it makes you feel any better I am sooo fat now I can even see my toes let alone walk a marathon!!! (Jen)

  3. No Jen... 3:50:20 would be an M50 PB :) I'm happy to race you in the 5k once you can see your toes again.