Selecting An Arbitrary Goal Time
As I covered in depth last week, the foundation of a solid marathon plan is selecting a goal time that is realistic and corresponds to your abilities and current fitness levels.
All too often, runners choose their goal time based on a qualification mark or an arbitrary number. This almost immediately sets them up for failure. First, it prohibits training at the correct effort levels to elicit optimal physiological adaptation. More importantly, it usually results in getting injured as you push beyond your capabilities.
What To Do
How did you determine your goal time? If your decision wasn’t primarily based on your previous race finishes or results from shorter races, you need to read this article to learn how to set a more realistic goal time.