Trust me, despite the dreary looking picture, it is acually nice out. Also bumped into a few friends. Saw Fran who was in the middle of his 15 miler and we chatted about training, I noted I had barely done any quality work at all, while he reminded me we were 12 weeks away from Boston. Yesterday, saw Jelly and her cousin on the trails, they`re ramping up for the 30K Around the Bay that`s in two months.
Warning: Geek out numbers part begins
I have been doing a lot of base mileage at an easy pace over the past few months. I decided to figure out what the hell that meant so I looked back at my SportTracks software to track the last 17 months and my average pace.
Last January shows that I`m entirely comfortable going with an easy pace. This month so far, I am at about a 5:16 kilometre pace, while last January, I did even slower paces. You see months where I have done a goal marathon (bolded) is usually among the fastest, while the three months leading up to the marathon I tend to up the pace.
|Month||Average mile pace||Average km pace|
A note about average pace: It includes tempo runs that I`ll do at 4:20 kilometres (7 and change minute ish miles, marathon pace runs at 4:35ish Ks (7:25ish miles), daily fast paces of around 5 minute kilometres (8 minute miles) and a long run. Recovery runs, very much needed, slows down the average pace. I`ve always known that if I am fit, I can do a 15 - 20 miler at around 5:00 to 5:10 pace (or 8 minute miles and a bit slower), depending on the day and weather.
Because I have an April marathon this year, my February and March should have be doing closer to 5:00 to 5:05 kilometres. In short, I think the speed work, pace runs have to start as of next week.
Now the real work begins.
Weekly mileage: 42 miles
Year to date: 134 miles