I’m 65 years old. I’ve run the Boston Marathon 5 times in the last 8 years. Currently I’m training for a qualifier this fall using the 80/20 Level 2 Marathon training plan. My question is: how do I know if I’m training at the right level to run the qualifying time? In the past I’ve used training plans focused on a “planned marathon pace” but this training plan is all about heart rate, which I’m fully on board with, but I don’t want to get to the qualifier and find that I didn’t train hard enough to run the qualifying time. Any advice?
I figured there were some marathon pace workouts coming up but I never like to look ahead in the training plan because sometimes I just don’t want to know what’s coming (lol). I will take your suggestion though and switch to the pace version for this particular goal. That way I can be fully confident going into the September race that I’ll be ready.