Today was my final hard run before starting my serious 10 day taper. My plan called for 10 miles at goal marathon pace. I decided to go with my best case senario mp which would put me at a 3 hour marathon.
1 mile warm up 8:00
10 miles 6:50
How did it go? Well, after 7 miles at "mp" I was working way too hard so I took a quarter mile walk break to get my HR back down and then finished the last 3 miles at "mp."
What did I learn? There is no way I should be shooting for a 3 hour marathon right now. I think a 7:05 to 7:10 pace will be the smart pace for race day at least through about 20 miles and then see how I'm feeling. That will get me to the finish somewhere around 3:05 if I can maintain that pace.
It's all tapering from here on out!