Marathon Pace

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    sl5337
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    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?

    -Stan

    #17355
    David Warden
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    Stan,

    5 BQs in 8 years? I think you should be coaching me!

    First, we do have a Pace version of your plan, does not have to be done by HR. You can make that change request at https://www.8020endurance.com/contact/

    Second, you will find some marathon pace workouts in your plan (Pace or HR versions), particularly as you get closer to your event.

    David

    #17358
    sl5337
    Participant

    Thanks David,

    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.

    -Stan

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