Trying to qualify for Boston? A mileage vs. speed calculator

Boston Marathon Qualifying Times Chart and Predictor.  An interesting take on calculators:

For me:

  • (for 100 miles per week) The slowest you can run and still qualify for the Boston Marathon is 3:10:59.  This is a 7:17 per mile pace.  If you train at 100 miles per week, you need to run a 5 K in 20:20, which is 6:32 per mile pace.
  • (for 40 miles per week)  The slowest you can run and still qualify for the Boston Marathon is 3:10:59.  This is a 7:17 per mile pace.  If you train at 40 miles per week, you need to run a 5 K in 19:05, which is 6:08 per mile pace.

Interestingly enough, my peak 12-week training period was about 43 mpw.

Daniels 2nd Ed Training Paces based on BQ.

Added August 26, 2008: This was posted for amusement more than for actual training purposes. However, I've kept this as a "reference" or "benchmark" for other PRs. As Jeff added in the comments... don't try this at home, kids.

From Daniel's running formula 2nd ed based on a marathon time of 3:10:59 at attackpoint.

Trying to actually run easy.

Very nice weather this morning. 65'F outside, partly cloudy, and not too humid. Rain came in about an hour before my run.

I tried to run "easy" based on my 5k time. According to Vdot Calculator and Training Paces based on a 21:54 5k (using Daniels' Running Formula, 2nd edition), that should be 9'18" per mile. Today's workout was 11.31 miles in 1:43:33 (9'10" pace). Amazingly, 9'15" was a bit of a challenge for most of the run.