Chicago Marathon Pace
I have gone over my goals before and I’m giving more serious thought to which pace group I will be starting with.
My “I’ll be happy” finish time is around 4:30.
My “I’ll be thrilled” finish time is between 4:15 and 4:30.
I have been planning to start with the 4:15 pace group. Those are 9:44 miles, which is right in my wheel house. But after reading advice that is it better to start with the “I’ll be happy” group and look to pick up the pace after 20 miles, I have got to thinking more about this.
My thinking has been to start with the 9:44 group, which will give some padding for the time I’ll need to stop and test. I’m also planning to stop at the water stations to drink instead of drinking on the run.
Ugh. Maybe it is better to go with the 4:30 group (10:18 pace) and just plan to have to play a bit of catch-up after testing and stopping to drink. At a 10:18 pace, that won’t be hard for me to do.