Um, and sausage? They gave us a random plate of sausage. Thanks?
Johnny, Sue, MargaretÂ and me.
Not shockingly, we talked about running pretty much the whole time. Running and math. Running involves a lot of math–add, subtracting, dividing to figure out if goal paces and PRs are possible.
As someone who went into journalism to avoid math, I don’t know if I would have started running if I realized how much math I’d end up doing while running. (I kid–sort of.)
So, one thing we talked about for awhile was this: some of us have heard you’re supposed to do your long runs at about a minute slower than your goal race pace. Over the course of a marathon, that’s a 26-minute difference. I get that adrenaline gets you moving faster, but an entire minute? My long run pace has been about 9:54 this year–taking a minute off would mean a just under four-hour marathon, and I’m pretty sure there’s no way in hell that happens.
So what do you think? Do you train around your goal pace, a little slower, or just run how you’re feeling? (I usually just run how I’m feeling.)