Training using Power or Pace for specific finishing time

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    I am a 64 year old masters runner training for my second marathon. I used the VO2 training plan for my first marathon and didn’t feel adequately prepared. I finished in 4h 50 min, but now my goal is to finish my second marathon in 4h 30min or better.
    I have recently started the 18-week 8020 Marathon Power plan, since the comments I have read suggest that power is the best training measure. Is this plan the best suited for training for a specific finishing time? If so, how can I feel confident that my training is adequate to meet my time goal if I am training using power? Or, is it better to train using the pace plan?


    Power is always a great measure for training, as is HR and pace. With all of the options that we offer at 80/20, there is a good fit for everyone!

    That being said, if you like the power based plan and it’s working well for you, then I would recommend sticking with it; however, the pace plan is also a great option if you have a set goal time you are shooting for.

    With either plan, the key will be sticking with the workouts and knowing that they will lead you to a successful marathon! Congratulations on your marathon journey !!!

    Coach Anne

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