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How Fast Can You Run A Marathon?
Setting your marathon time goal...
What is a good marathon time? Obviously the answer depends on several key factors. For many of us, just finishing the marathon is enough. Sooner or later though, we all try to set a time goal that we can achieve. What this time goal should be however, can be quite difficult to determine. This article looks at the online marathon predictor calculators as well as other factors involved when you are setting your goal.
Marathon Time Calculators.
There are quite a few online calculators that give you a predicted marathon finish time based on your 10K or 5K times. Here are a few:
I tested each of the above predictors based on a sample 45-minute 10K finish time. Here are the results:
As you can see they are all quite close to each other, except for Hal Higdon’s, which is actually the one I prefer as being the most realistic.
I don’t totally agree with the calculators especially if you use a 5K time to project your marathon finish time. It just doesn’t work that way…otherwise everyone would be meeting his or her marathon time goal!!
In reality there are too many other factors that can affect your time during the marathon. It doesn’t matter what your 10K time was two months ago when you’re totally out of energy at the 20 mile mark in the marathon. That last 10K after the 20 mile point in the marathon can easily add an hour to your total time…
I’m not saying a 45 minute 10K can’t translate into a 3hrs 30 min marathon time. It can – if everything else falls into place.
Key Factors that will affect
your time are:
Number of previous marathons
So, how do you pick a realistic goal for your next marathon…?
Don’t pick a
Adjust for the Key factors.
In the final analysis, you’ll be much happier (and less likely to get injured) finishing your marathon within a realistic time range, than failing to meet a faster time goal.
In my Marathon Race Strategies report I talk more about adjusting your time expectations on race day, and how to run the race so you still have energy reserves after the 20-mile mark.