Here at MarathonCalculator.com we offer one of our own calculators and numerous reviews of the best marathon pace calculators on the Internet. What happens once you have identified your target marathon time or marathon pace? What is the next step?
The next step is to create a marathon pace strategy. How are you going to get to accomplish that time or pace? Are you going to try to run the same pace for 26 miles? Or if you want to average an 8:30 pace, will you run half at an 8:15 pace and half at an 8:30?
I feel that I have tried just about everything. A few year back I ran 2 marathons within 3 weeks and had 2 completely different pace strategies. The first was to basically start out fast and hold on and the other was to run as consistent of a pace as possible. In the end, I had a difference of 17 seconds between both finishing times. There is no perfect pace strategy. The one that you feel most confident about is the one you should stick with (within reason). These days, I do not really train for marathons. My only long run of the year over 13 miles is typically the marathon. I just try to run a reasonable pace for 20 miles and hold on for the rest. But that is today, that is based on where I am at with my training. I know that I can’t go out and run an 8:30 minute pace for 26 miles, but I can for 20. If I slow it down too much where I might be able to go 26, I often feel too slow and can never get into a rhythm. So, that is what works. My marathon pace strategy is a solid 20 and hold on!