Hopefully by now, you have an idea of what paces you should be using for long runs and for mid-week runs, and easy runs.
My next piece of advice transpired from a conversation I had this weekend. Some days your legs will be lighter and some days your legs will be heavier. If you’re practicing your race pace during a tempo run during the week and you’re off by a little bit, don’t worry. Same goes for sprints, hills, and long runs.
But, anyway, back to the subject: pausing your watch. Do I ever do it?
I never, I repeat: never pause my watch. I used to, but I've learned not to.
And here’s why: marathon clocks DO NOT PAUSE. When you are logging a run and have to stop for ANY reason, whether it be using the bathroom, getting water, or tying your shoe, you must practice how to make up for time lost and average pace lost, because that’s what you have to do on race day. If you pause your watch during every long run each time you stop at a fountain to grab some water, or every time you walk, or tying your shoe- all of this can add up. If your watch is only recording the times that you are actually running, your average pace could be 2 or 3 minutes per mile off from the pace you are actually running. This means you could be going into race day with a completely unrealistic time goal.
My advice? Don’t do it.
It will also be a help in practicing how to really hustle when things come up that might cause you to slow down- after all, it is a race!
Dream Big. Work Hard.