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Race pacing/zone testing

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    Bartfieldjj
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    How close to a race should you test your zones. Have an upcoming marathon and I tested my zones in week 15 using talk test (had lasted tested them 6 weeks prior) and my threshold pace jumped from 8:10 to 7:19, I began training with new zones and immediately started noticing some pains and so I scaled back to a threshold pace of 7:40 out of fear of injuring myself so close to my race. Race is on November 21st (10days) struggling to determine if I should retest zones so close to race, race at a pace dictated by the zones I achieved or the ones I have been training in? My Garmin is currently predicting a 3:30:49 race not sure if that is actually reasonable.

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    Matt Fitzgerald
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    Is this your first marathon? If it is, is it also your first race of any distance? If not, use past races as a baseline for your goal-setting. This article fleshes out how to do that and provides other guidelines for setting an appropriate pace goal:

    How to Set a Good Race Time Goal

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