Marathon goal pace and some things you probably didn’t want to know but I will tell you just because.

April 30, 2014

On Saturday I was getting down on myself during our long run because of the 8 miles that we were doing at marathon goal race pace. I kept thinking… I can barely keep this pace for 8 miles… AND I THINK I WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT FOR 26 MILES IN JUST 6 WEEKS!?!? I thought for sure I must be crazy to believe that my marathon goal pace is even close to possible for an entire marathon and I started to rethink my goals.

Good news for me/you/anyone else that stresses out about not being able to think you can keep up goal race pace for a marathon:

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Take some time to read THIS ARTICLE!!! If your goal pace seems easy/doable during training and you feel like you could hold that pace forever, time to make a more intense goal:)

There are things like the taper (fresh legs), your glycogen stores being full (because you have been tapering and carb loading) and the adrenaline/course support on race day that will help you to run at that goal pace for 26.2 miles! No more worrying, you’ve got this!


Some things you probably didn’t want to know about but I am just going to tell you anyways:

1. Still in sweat pants/pajamas at 4:49 pm yesterday. Keeping it classy.

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2. Paige got a beautiful new road bike and I love her trainer set-up at her house. Mom of two very busy little ones and finding ways to get in exercise. I love it!

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3. The absolute best dry shampoo and dry CONDITIONER you will ever find in this world.

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4. When I tell Brooke that we are going to say prayer she folds her arms right away. It is adorable.

Yes, the santa pajamas are still being worn once a week. I can’t help it.

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5. I got out for a run this morning. 7 miles @ 8:20 pace. Quad not 100% but feeling good enough to run on it, I mean I did take THREE WHOLE DAYS OFF.

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6. An app to find the best doughnuts in your area. Now that is a million dollar idea.

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7. Baby flip-flops. One of the cutest things ever.

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8. If you are looking for the World’s Best PB Bars recipe you don’t have to keep looking because I found it for you. I finally smuggled (probably not the right word) my friend’s recipe. THESE are the best.

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8. I just found a restaurant where they come make the guacamole at your table. I have no words.

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Busy people reading—> how do you make/find time to fit in your workouts!! (Share, share, share because I am sure it will help someone reading)!

Most used app on your phone?

Peeps training for a marathon—> What is your marathon goal pace!?!

WHAT WAS YOUR RUN TODAY!? With music? With friends? On the road or trails?

Caroline @ Fighting For Wellness April 30, 2014 at 6:59 am

Those santa pjs are SO cute I’d wear them year round too :) I love the idea of this donut app. A new donut place opened down the street from my house, and I need to check it out ASAP.


Hollie April 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

It’s funny you should talk about goal pace. The week before I ran my personal best in the half, I ran a 5m race in the exact same pace. I felt so awful during that 5 miler and I was really down on myself…half marathons and fulls are not exactly the same but relevant story.

I think my next full marathon is around your goal pace. I’ve always struggled doing workouts during training which is probably why I don’t.


Jen@milesandblessings April 30, 2014 at 7:03 am

To fit in my workouts I have to be flexible..which can be hard. Sometimes the mornings are crazy and I need to do them at lunch time, sometimes morning and lunch are crazy and it is not until 4 or 5 (my LEAST favorite). My favorite is the morning…but we are also late nighters so 5 am is no good for me! My favorite time is 7 am :). That is getting WAY easier now that summer is coming!!!!
7:27 is my goal marathon pace. I am doing Richmond in the fall. Right now I am working on halfs and 6:52 is my goal pace!!!!
Today’s run was the the hardest and slowest I have had in a long time. It was cold and windy and raining…I just got it done! The weather was like this yesterday too and I didn’t mind too much but today I REALLY minded!
Brooke praying is very cute!


Flower April 30, 2014 at 7:04 am

I did a slow run/walk this morning and took pictures along the way so I could show everyone how beautiful it is to run in Florida, well, except for gators and flying disc but hey, no place is perfect.


Rids Morgan April 30, 2014 at 7:04 am

If you want to work-out, you have to organize/utilize opportunities to the best of your advantage. For example, my husband works crazy hours; I now get up early and go as he’s up and about, working. Don’t worry about feeling selfish about doing an activity that YOU enjoy. We all need time out – as part of our daily life. I also think that the mornings are much more conducive to exercise – what do other people think?

In a nutshell, for me, it’s about routine, planning and having fun with a training pattern!

Ps. I inspired by pyjamas …. and am so happy that you wore yoga pants all day – I do EVERY DAY :)



Rids Morgan April 30, 2014 at 7:05 am

Sorry, I AM inspired by pyjamas …….. grammar! x


Meghan April 30, 2014 at 7:07 am

I love pureology! I’ve read that Kirkland brand shampoo and conditioner is made by pureology, and I believe it. I swear by that stuff :)


Ellie @ Double Trouble Running April 30, 2014 at 7:08 am

THANK YOU for that post!! My first marathon is in 25 days, and I’m completely freaking myself out at the moment. I feel like I should be running every second of every day to make up for times when I couldn’t train!!

I am pretty busy (if I do say so myself), and I always try to run as soon as I finish work. Running home helps get you home faster than public transport AND gets those miles in. Win win!

PS – There are occasions when I work from home. Like yesterday, when I was in my dressing gown til 5pm. It’s what the cool kids do.


Carina April 30, 2014 at 7:12 am

I read a post-Boston Shalene article and she said she had trouble doing 2 consecutive miles at goal race pace (which was her actual race pace!) on the course when she tried in Sept, and obviously she did it 13x 2 miles 7 months later. Anyway, that article is absolutely right about having an aggressive goal that never feels within reach — but you also have to believe in yourself.


Sarah April 30, 2014 at 7:13 am

I love my road bike. I’ll bike to work just to get miles in. I need a trainer though for my house. And I won’t worry about your race goal. I ran a 10k at a good pace and felt awesome, a few days later struggled to keep that pace for 4 miles. Usually it’s because of my nutrition. So I re evaluate and start fresh the next day. Monday it was because I did and hour of spin right before. So many factors!


ashley April 30, 2014 at 7:14 am


That’s exactly what I needed to hear. I just ran my first and only 21 miler for my first marathon in a few weeks. I walked away not feeling very confident about finishing my marathon. But what you wrote is exactly what I needed to hear!


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

I typically do my workouts before my little guy wakes up in the morning or during his nap time!

Most used app –> probably Instagram. :)


Mary@RunWalkLift April 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

Find a gym with amazing childcare. That’s the only way I can get my workouts in. I tried getting up at the crack of dawn and I was useless after 2 pm. Do what works for you.

I look at my Joss and Main app a lot, but I don’t buy often. It’s just fun to look at when I have to wait for kids or appointments.

I’m going to run something today. I won’t know what my legs are willing to do until I get there.


Meaghan @Tale of Two Teachers April 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

Great post!! Thanks :)

My first marathon is June 21 (RnR Seattle!) and my goal pace is 5:45/km (Canadian here, too early for me to convert that to miles haha) but I am going to be happy with a finish no matter what my time is because this will be a HUGE accomplishment for me!


Lymor April 30, 2014 at 7:25 am

Thanks for the post! I am training for a marathon on May 18th and have attempted to do some longer (10-12 mile) marathon goal pace runs… they are SO hard. It’s so discouraging and makes me think I won’t hit my goal, but I know everything is completely different on race day! Good luck with your upcoming marathon – you’re going to kill it :)


Middleaged Runner April 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

Hah! Yes, that’s me “I can barely manage a 5K at MP I’m GONNA DIE!!!”
And (for the most part) I manage to run at pace. Go figure!
I use FB and Instagram a lot… It’s a problem.


Michele @ paleorunningmomma April 30, 2014 at 7:38 am

Great article! I am super paranoid too about that exact issue so what a comfort :) I just wrote a blog post yesterday actually about fitting in runs:

had a nice rest day this morning, expecially since it was pouring AND my son turned 3 today so extra cuddles in the morning :)


Michelle Kim April 30, 2014 at 7:39 am

OMG, this is so timely. I am wrapping up my 18 week marathon training plan in a few weeks and have been thinking exactly what you mentioned (“OMG, this pace for 26.2 miles??”). Thanks for the article :)


Donna Gallant April 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

2 mornings a week (I would do more but my husband can only go in “late” these days) I get up at 4am and run so I am home by 6:00 to get the girls ready for school. Then Sunday morning I meet a group at 6;30 for the long run. One other day I run in the evening after my husband is home and 2 days I do the stationary bike while my girls are doing home work. It works out for us :)
My goal pace for my next marathon is about 8:05-8:10 avg but it’s not until November so I’m enjoying some easier runs for now!


Michele @ paleorunningmomma April 30, 2014 at 7:44 am

I think we are living parallel lives!


Donna Gallant April 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

Gotta get it done when we can :)


Denae April 30, 2014 at 9:04 am

Thanks great tips! I am a new mom with a 1 month old and am gearing up to workout, but am trying to figure out the timing!


Donna Gallant April 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

When mine were small I would do it at their nap time on the treadmill or put them in a jogger and go outside. :)


Deb May 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

Same here – up at 4 a.m. to run or go to the gym – sometimes my hubby joins me (especially at the gym) and sometimes I run with friends. If I don’t get my workout done early in the morning, it’s not happening. Evenings are too hard and I’m exhausted from my commute, two kids in every activity under the sun , dinner, laundry, puppies, etc., etc. etc. Definitely a morning worker outer over here ;)


Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby April 30, 2014 at 7:43 am

I run when I can – typically 3x a week. I just don’t have the time to go out 5-6x a week. I also do circuits from home once Max goes to bed. But that is only sometimes as I also just want to relax at that time of night.

My most used app is twitter! I am not sure whether I will be running or not today – it is pouring buckets out there and I don’t have access to a treadmill :-(


Jessica April 30, 2014 at 7:46 am

Thank you for posting this! It’s EXACTLY what I needed to hear! I’m running my first full on June 1st (Windermere Marathon, Spokane WA) and it’s freaking me out a bit since my coach just told me what pace I need to aim for…and it’s 30 seconds faster than what I had been imagining I’d be doing. I’d of course be THRILLED if I can make it happen…but I can’t fathom having to run that far…that fast. Seeing this post today is a confidence booster since I know I’m not alone! And that really, is why I read your blog – you help to boost our confidence and your posts are a true enjoyment to read. Thanks again!


Lauren April 30, 2014 at 7:46 am

LOVE Gallo Giro!


Kristina @ Blog About Running April 30, 2014 at 7:52 am

I just make working out a normal part of my day like brushing my teeth or taking a shower. When you think of it as part of your normal day, rather than something extra you need to do… I think that helps. Or it works for me anyway!

I use the FB and Instagram apps a lot :)


Katie @ msfitrunner April 30, 2014 at 8:03 am

4:15 am is my friend – only way my running happens;-)
Agreed on MGP, I’ve never hit it and felt like it was “easy” for a sustained distance in training, nor do I ever try. Somehow, it happens in the race!


Lauren April 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

4:20 is my friend! If it doesn’t happen then, it doesn’t happen at all!


Lindsey C April 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

My girls wear santa PJ’s year round, I see nothing wrong with it ;) Finding time is my constant battle – if I can get out of work 10 min early, I can sneak in a 30 min run before I pick up the kids, I try to do that 2-3 days a week and 1 run on the weekends. Not enough time to train for a marathon :( One day! I’m trying have a better attitude and calmness about my “busy” and not be frustrated that I don’t have time for all the things I want to do. I just read this GREAT blog post about the “glorification of busy”
The only apps I use are Instagram & Pinterest…
Have a great day! Happy to hear your quad is on the mend :)


The Hungry Runner Girl April 30, 2014 at 8:24 am

Thank you so much for sharing that post with me!!! Sooooo good!


Stephanie April 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

In order to get my workouts in, my alarm goes off at 4:10 am. Somedays it makes me want to cry, but as a mom of 2 with a full time job, it’s the only way. :)


Sarah April 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

That race pace article is so true! For my last half marathon I could barely manage 3 miles at my goal pace without feeling like I would die, but on race day I managed it (still felt very hard though :/).

Weekday workouts happen for me before 6.15 AM so that they get done.


meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles April 30, 2014 at 8:10 am

Thank you for this information on keeping up at marathon pace!! It has been going through my head more than usual when I am running at my race pace and then I think that I cannot possibly keep it up for my scheduled half marathon etc. I have a race on Sunday and reading this was perfect timing! We have some restaurants that make the guacamole tableside here in NY – the best!


Christina April 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

I have an 8 year old, a 6 year old and a 2 year old. Some days I wake and run 6 til 7am when the hubs is home with kids. Some days I run after dinner with the fam I leave them home with daddy. Some days after I put the kids to bed I run on the treadmill. And yes some days I have the garage set up with a movie and toys while I run. I don’t feel guilty about it one bit because they don’t watch tv much and is fun for them. I also take my 8 year old on shorter runs with me. All about being flexible. No excuses.


Lindsey April 30, 2014 at 8:14 am

5am runs and workouts before baby boy and husband are awake. And now that the weather is getting nice I can get my runs in with son in the Bob (best running stroller).


Danielle @ The Girlfriend Letters April 30, 2014 at 8:17 am

I didn’t even know dry conditioner was a thing!!! Amazing. And baby flip flops. Also amazing.


Leslie @ My Life Begins at 30? April 30, 2014 at 8:18 am

I also have a bike trainer like your sister’s at home. Does it mess up her back tire? I feel like mine is wearing down. I LOVE it though…great workout at home!!

Social Media apps are probably the most used on my phone.


Megan @ The Skinny-Life April 30, 2014 at 8:20 am

I’m so glad you posted that article. I just started hitting the pavement these last 2 weeks since my foot injury in Jan and I’ve been really stressed about my pace not being where I was pre injury. Maybe I need to look at it more as a challenge though for my body to work back up to where it was.


christina (sisters running the kitchen) April 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

thank you for this article…perfect! My sister and I have been talking about marathon plans as of lately… she is going for her 11th marathon in septemeber and for me #6…. she is trying to qualify for her 4th boston and i am trying to qualify for my 2nd… i have been reading so much about different plans and all of that stuff. this article was perfect. thank you for sharing!

so i quit my job and my life is in limbo right now and i have a ton of free time BUTTTTT when I was really busy…morning workouts. period. just get your ass out of bed. haha also… group exercise classes, too. or running dates etc.

Most used app on your phone? hmmmmm instagram :-D

Peeps training for a marathon—> What is your marathon goal pace!?! 3:30!!! my previous is 3:35…and 3:30 (8 min per mile) seems rather daunting to me.

its pouring rain today. ill do 5m tempo on the treadmill!


Carrie April 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

Oh we have a place that does that too! You can customize your guacamole and it is cheaper then the chain restaurants like Qdoba. My girls love guacamole but they do not like avocados and I do not get that at all. My 6 year old has tried to explain it to me but I still don’t get it.
Oh and you would be proud. We are doing Healthy Running Kids with my 2 girls and in order for my 3 year old to actually “go” when they say “go” during her 50 yard dash we have to greet her with M&Ms at the finish line. We are proud parents. We figured that out after the first race when the director said “go” and she stood there, then he patted her back and told her to run and she said “NO”. The M&Ms have unleashed her inner athlete. My 6 year old does a 1/4 mile and half the course is up hill and she has the cutest little running form.


Erin April 30, 2014 at 8:41 am

I just wrote out a calendar for the month of May with a very loose schedule since three kids can change your workout plans. I try to run 4 days and cycle 1-2 days. I am going to sign up for my first full this fall in Richmond! Goal pace a – finish b- 4:30. c. 4:15.

Thanks for the marathon goal pep talk. That is probably my number one thought as I do speed work! How the heck am I going to do xx pace in six weeks!

Road bike jealousy here. :)


Christina April 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I’m going to attempt my first full this fall with same finishing goals…question what plan are u using? I’m trying to figure out Hal Higdon or Galloway or create my own based on looking at others.


Erin May 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

I am going to use a Hal Higdon plan. :) Good luck!


Carson April 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

I didn’t know Pureology made dry shampoo! I am adding this to my list of things to buy next time I pick up beauty products. Love their stuff.


Alyssa @ See This Girl Run April 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

I have no doubt you’ll meet your goal :) That is good to know though for when I’m back in training.
Brooke praying = adorable!


Liana@RunToMunch April 30, 2014 at 8:54 am

My marathon goal pace is 7:30 =)

Thanks for the article. Love it


Ellie April 30, 2014 at 8:57 am

I’m a super busy college student and I make workout time by always looking forward to it so I don’t skip it (workouts with friends, spin class), scheduling it in and telling others in busy then, and having everything ready to go!


Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties April 30, 2014 at 9:02 am

I’ve been trying to switch over to morning workouts- it’s easy to skip a workout in the afternoon because so many things pop up! So I want to get my body used to morning workouts so that I won’t skip so many ;)


Annette@FitnessPerks April 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

I love that part you shared about marathon goal paces–and if it feels like you could do it race day it’s too low of a goal. LOVE!!!

So cute she folds her arms!!


Nikki April 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

Just had to say – my kid still wears his red reindeer PJs once per wash cycle too…. hey, they fit!


DontBlameTheKids April 30, 2014 at 9:16 am

I know a 5k is nothing compared to a marathon, but I have to say running the race somehow felt easier than any of my training runs, even with the hills. I was surprised at my time and thought my Garmin was wrong, but the race volunteers confirmed it. I was running faster than I thought I was, just because it felt easier. Maybe it is the same for a marathon!


Alyssa April 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

I’m sure many people are way busier but I am a teacher, in grad school, and up until last month I worked a part time job too (now my part time job is growing a human). I just get up and work out before work, as early as I have to! I’ve been up at 3am to do 20 milers before the work day if I had plans on the weekend. Just accepting that sleep has to be sacrificed for ultra/tri/marathon training worked for me (now it’s much easier because I just work out enough to stay healthy and it takes SO MUCH less time!).


Bethany April 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

I run most mornings at 5:15 am. On the weekends it may be 6 am. But I done before my family gets up.
Most used app on my phone Twitter.
I’m running Vancouver, BC Marathon on Sunday, after a DNF in Boston. My pace will be 10 min, I’m old.
I had a solo 4 miles this morning with music.


Marissa @ Run Riss Run April 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

I typically get my workouts in at 4 in the morning, before leaving for work at 6:45, blech. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do though.
My most used app on my phone is probably itunes or my email, again – blech.
I am not currently training for a full, but two halves in August. Those will probably be just for fun as the hubs is running his first one ;) But after that, my goal is to break into the 1:40’s for a finishing time, which is an average of about 7:40. I know I can push myself harder during a race; I’m just not sure how to do that…
I will probably run after work to my bff’s house today, because we are going to get shoes! Yay! Also, my calves are crazy after our hills this weekend. Oy!


Ashley @ Brocblog April 30, 2014 at 9:35 am

I’m doing 4 miles with friends after work, at the beginning of the week I always try to figure out when I have commitments this week and which days my hair needs to look decent and I plan workouts around that.


Susan April 30, 2014 at 10:06 am

Yay for being back to running! I had to run at the indoor track today–WINDY in Colorado. I get up before the crack of dawn to fit in my workouts! Tell Paige I have a trainer at my house with a very similar piece of wood under the front tire! Laughed when I saw that picture.


Polly @ Tasty Food Project April 30, 2014 at 10:12 am

Those baby flip flops are so adorable!

I make time to work out by carving some time out for myself after work. I use it as my “me” time and put it on my calendar and treat it like an appointment with myself.


Kate April 30, 2014 at 10:35 am

Today is a rest day for me. Maybe some light cross training. Have my first marathon relay race this weekend. I’m the only regular runner on the team so out goal is to just finish before the pace car! ;)

Not sure if it is the most used app but definitely gets used a lot and I love it…charity miles app. Check it out! Running + donations!


austin April 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

I just started training for my first marathon, i am freaking out wondering if i can really do this. Iv done two halfs pr of 1:45. Looking to finish less than four hours ( if i dont die lol). I did a six miler with a training partner this morning average pace around 8:40 ish .


Laura@twinsontherun April 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

Making time to run is harder for me right now than it ever has been. I can get up at 3:30 to do it but after a few days I’m sure it would take a toll on me and I’d turn into the meanest mom in America! I try to get all 3 kids to nap at the same time and hop on the treadmill..they cooperate with my plan about twice a week ;) my last choice is to run around 8:30 when everyone is in bed and it’s either clean up dinner dishes or run..tough choice ;) oh, the joys of having 3 kids in 2 years :)


Erin M April 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

Where is that guac from?! It looks delish!!!!!


Amber S. April 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

My run today was a 5 mile tempo run. With some hills mixed in because my half-marathon next week will be HILLY. I started running without music recently and I’ve been loving it; I feel like it sharpens my focus and I’ve actually been running faster. I did use my ipod for the last 2 miles of my long run last weekend for a little extra motivation and I loved that. I think I will use that strategy in the half. I like to run solo; so it was a solo road run today in the windy rain. Is that smart when I’m fighting a sore throat? Aww well.


Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 30, 2014 at 10:54 am

That is good to know! I would have thought that it would need to feel easy but it makes perfect sense! Loved the article. So excited for you!


Megan April 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

Being single with kids makes it more of a challenge. My kids are no longer able to ride in a jogger and not big enough to run with me. I have my bike on a trainer in my room and bike 2-3 times per week. I get one long bike ride outside every Thursday, thanks to all day kindergarten and a day off from work. Saturdays are my long run day and I use any available family member to watch my kids so I can run. I have even slept over at my parents house so my kids can sleep in. During the week I run during my lunch break at work. I do a quick 3 -4 miles and eat lunch at my desk. Finding time to swim is my training difficulty right now.


Kay April 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

omg guacamole restaurant!!!

I’m aiming for just a solid 10 min pace this marathon, I tried to go 9:40 for my first one and ended up at like 12:30 because I went out to fast and it got soo hot. I don’t care when I finish I just want to feel like it was a solid consistent effort


Laura @ RunningJunkie April 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

I was a single mom for a long time (my daughter is 8 and we just moved in with my bf) so I had to find ways to fit in my workout. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able run during my lunch break. On the weekends (or if I didn’t have time at work) I would let my daughter ride her bike next to me while I ran, or we’d go to the track.


Jen April 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

I love nothing more than dry shampoo and guacamole. Glad we are on the same page!!!!


Livi April 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm

baby flip flops. Im dying, so cute!!


Gretchen April 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I usually work out after I put my boys to bed. I’m one of those weird people who like to work out at night. It helps me unwind from the day. Unless I have a long run, then I get up early on Saturday while my husband watches the boys. My run tonight will be on my sister’s treadmill. It’s been rainy and cold here all week and I’m a weeny about running in those conditions. Btw, my boys still wear their Santa pj’s too.


Traci Blanchard April 30, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Mon-Fri I get up at 4:45 am & either run or strength train before work. It’s hard to get up that early but it’s hard for me to get up regardless of the time! It’s great to get it done early & I feel so much better the rest of the day.


AmandaM April 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm

This theory is SO true – two years ago I ran the Boston Marathon at 7:41 pace. I NEVER ran a 10 miler at that pace never mind 26 miles. I did one day of speed work per week but nothing super long and no tempo runs. (although I’m one of those crazy elliptical/stairmaster people so I would simulate tempo running on the machines). So either someone else inhabited my body on race day (not likely) or the taper/glycogen/adrenaline thing really works. I’d vote on the second scenario :) You TOTALLY got your upcoming marathon. I’ve been following your workouts and they are intense. You’ll be so set on race day.


AmandaM April 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

that should say 7:47 pace :) the runner/number freak in me and my inability to lie :)


Karen April 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I needed to hear that about marathon pacing today, so thanks! my race is in 3 weeks. my training kind of sucked, so I don’t think I’ll be able to hit my original goal pace anyway, but that still made me feel better! :)
Love the santa pjs!


Cheri @ Overactive Blogger April 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I want that donut headband you had on here a few weeks ago!


Jeff Gaudette April 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm

So glad you liked the article on marathon pacing/long runs, Janae. As you can imagine, I got that question a lot, which lead to the blog post.

If I may, on a related not, refer to this blog post as well: It’s on how/why easy days help you run faster and answers the question “how do I run a marathon at 9 minutes a mile if most of my long runs and all my easy days are at 10min/mile or slower”

Also, huge THANKS for pointing out the doughnut app. I now will blame you when I become 300lbs :)

Thanks again and keep up the awesome work!


The Hungry Runner Girl April 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm

HEY JEFF!!! Great post, thank you so much for sharing! I absolutely love your site and spend probably too much time on it:) Thank you for all of your awesome information, it has helped me a lot!


Toby B. April 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Awesome post Jeff! Thank you!


Nicole@thegirlwhoraneverywhere April 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Thanks Janae!!! :) I can’t wait to read this article!!:)

Mp is somewhere I between 7:45-8:00…I’m about a month and a half out to begin training for my next marathon….I’m beyond excited bc I’m going to be training with a partner and we are discovering how much MORE FUN it is to train with one another than solo!!:)


Keri April 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I’m 31 and I still regularly wear my candy cane and holly flannel pants year-round!

Today’s run was 5.7 miles in the rain so I could meet my goal mileage for this month. I made it!


Kelly April 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I LOVE Mexican restaurants that make guac at the table, so so good :)


Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Great article – thanks for sharing!


courtney hubbard April 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

To make time for my workout, I treat it like an appointment. I make time during the day for all of my other appointments, so I can surely make time for 45 mintues of me-time! Sometimes this means telling people ‘no’ I can’t go to happy hour, or stay late to work on something.


Tess April 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Your runs are always so fast I have complete faith you can complete any goal you set. My goal, after being sick, is to just finish one again. Which I totally will because… Hello…. I want to.

No Christmas jammies here but when they were little I made them all Dr Seuss Christmas pillowcases and even as grown ups they love them. Doesn’t everyone love Dr. Seuss?


Runner Girl Eats April 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I schedule my workouts and treat it like I would a work meeting. I make it no matter what. If I budget it into my day as a non negotiable I always manage to fit it all in. That guac is awesome. I love made at the table dishes.


Crissi @ runninggirlrn April 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm

OK so I am super jealous about your runs.. I wish I was as hard core! Maybe some day.
I find time by running before or after work… Then of course on the days off. But mostly this Ohio weather has been uhhh so not as much running as I would like. However I think Spring is finally here.. So today we RAAANNNN.
My 2 friends, sister and myself ran 4.5 miles today. It felt great. I love to run with others. Makes the time fly on by!
My most used app is SNAP CHAT, then NIKE!


Crissi @ runninggirlrn April 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

OH yeah my pace is about an 8 for race day… I am running this Saturday!
My husband is running too. Our first half marathon together.. His 1st ever.


Kathy April 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm

What perfect timing on you post! I went to Mexico a few weeks ago and came back with food poisoning and bronchitis. The sad result was two weeks off from running at a really bad time in the training cycle. My spring marathon is this weekend and my last MP run had me questioning my sanity. Thank you for the reminder that it’s not supposed to feel great! I really needed that.

MP Goal pre-sickness: 7:40
MP Goal post-sickness: 8:00


Katie April 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Just curious — it seems like lately you’ve been doing one post per day instead of your usual two. I hope this is temporary! I need your posts to get me through the afternoon at work!


Amanda Olson April 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I sneak in runs and walks on my lunch break at work, and after my baby goes down at night.
Today’s run was with friends pushing the stroller :) marathon pace is hopefully 8:30 ish :)
I love your vest janae!


Jennifer April 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm

I get my workouts in by getting up really early in the morning. Way before my family gets up. I am the first one at the gym! If I wait til the evening, I won’t go! I make it a priority and to have a little “me” time.


Becky @ Ok, so here's the plan April 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I have to schedule my workouts or I will not do them. I do have to have a little flexibility because I never know what time I will get off work, but I have weekly mileage goals I stick to. My workouts are pretty much always after work, and I have to start right when I get home or I will sit on the couch and never get up again!

My most used app on my phone is probably my email, or pinterest…

I didn’t get to run today, I had to wash ALL the dishes – I was out of plates. Boo.


Amanda@Runninghood April 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm

This first part has me feeling so good! :) Yes! Good to know because darn, marathon pace DID feel pretty easy to me this time around and didn’t meet my goal but I plan to try again and thinking I should set my sights higher.


Losing Lindy April 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

my most used app is facebook. I have a half in September, that is my next scheduled race


Julie April 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

My 18 month old is wearing the same Christmas pajamas tonight! :) Love them.


Melanie April 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I am a busy person and fit in my workouts after work and longer runs on the weekends. I wish I had more time for workouts though, like back when I was in college and just had to go to classes.

My run was a very rainy 1 mile. We planned on running longer but it started thundering and lightning. And you just can’t mess with that.

My most used app is the weather app or facebook, I will admit.


Nikki@will run for pizza April 30, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I’m doing my first FULL marathon this October, so I’ll start training June 15th. My pace goal is 10:00. I mean, I’m normally a little faster, but I think keeping it at 10:00 will be a challenge for the whole 26.2. But i’m having high hopes in myself! ;)
No run OR workout today! I have a 1/2 on Saturday, and have been having some foot problems – I think plantar fasciitis??? – so taking it easy this week!
I have to schedule my workouts/run into my everyday schedule so that I stick to it. However, now that it has become such routine, it gets easier I think, too keep at it and make time.


Emily April 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

My husband is incredible and watches the kids each morning for an hour or more while he gets ready for work and I workout. I’m kind of a very grumpy wife/mom if I don’t get some me time in the morning.
And that article is so AWESOME!! I have my first half marathon post baby #3 in a few weeks and I really want to PR. It might not happen b/c my baby is only 7 months old and I’m not sure I have all my speed back yet but this article gave me hope. You rock, thanks!!


Kathee April 30, 2014 at 8:54 pm

I didn’t run today. I’m still resting my Piriformis. So I went to Pilates and got my butt kicked on the reformer. My legs are still shaking. It sure helps my hips though!

Most used app?
I use ZipList for my grocery shopping. This way I never forget my list – unless I forget my phone and that is rare!
Good luck with the training!


Monica April 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

My kids are still rocking their Santa jammies too. I kinda wish I had some.
I love what you shared about your marathon pace. I never thought about it that way and it has given me hope that I can kill it at my races this summer. So thank you!
About getting my workouts in, I do 90% of my training when the rest of my family is sleeping which means getting up between 3:30 and 4:30 am depending on the plan for the day. It sounds insane but it works really well for me.


Amy @ runlikeabird April 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Thank you for assuaging my worries! I’ve been running 8:45-9:00 miles pretty comfortably for the last two weeks or so, and then my run group set an 8:55 pace during our five mile group run and I was DYING. I made it, but it was rough. A good reminder that my previous faster runs were done on fresh legs!

My first half marathon was at a 9:00 pace, which was FAST for me at the time. It totally was the adrenaline, carb loading, and competitive spirit of race day. :) I was out for the count for days afterwards, but it was so worth it! Can’t wait for my second!


emma @ be mom strong May 1, 2014 at 4:00 am

What cute baby shoes! I’m a little nervous to put my daughter in them because she’s so clumsy, like me!

JANAE- (shameless plug) but I’m selling Be Mom Strong shirts for my good friend’s 4 yr old son that was just diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. You can see the details on my site below, but if you could help spread the word to all your fab mama followers I would be forever grateful!


Kari @ Running Ricig May 1, 2014 at 4:41 am

Those baby flip flops really are the cutest!

I’m not very busy these days, but I have a feeling in a couple of months when we have a new baby and I start a new job, I’ll have to figure out how to fit in workouts a little better.


Becky@TheSavedRunner May 1, 2014 at 7:07 am

If I am busy, usually the best way to fit in my workouts is getting up early to do them.This requires going to bed early, but to me it’s totally worth it. I am a morning person though so I have way more energy in the morning than I do at night.


Kay May 1, 2014 at 8:17 am

Love those flip flops, especially the color!

I just had tableside guacamole too during a work lunch – mmm so good.


Holly May 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

Hilarious about Brooke folding her arms, Gabriella puts her hands over her eyes when we pray. It’s so cute! Love their little interpretations of how we fold our hands to pray :D


RunEatRepeat May 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

Come to my house and I’ll make you OG guac at the table.


Renae @ MissFit Mixed Chick May 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

table side quac is the best! A couple of restaurants in Austin offer this service….for an extra fee!


Jess @ Jess Be Quick May 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Thank you! Just what I needed to hear today. I’m having some self-doubt issues concerning my upcoming races (Provo 1/2 Sat and UV Marathon in June), and my brain needed a pep talk. :)


Alicia May 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

What restaurant is the guacamole at?!


Sandra Laflamme May 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

I definitely get the “FEAR” of the marathon goal pace the closer the race gets. Just stick to your plan on race day and you will be awesome!


Angie May 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm

I love the fooducate app, you scan whatever you want to eat and it gives you grade for how healthy it is.


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