Well, I had a friend complete the grueling 314 mile Vol State Ultramarathon (they had 10 days to do it). And when such a thing happens, I go back to think: “ok, maybe I can…”
Well, today I walked my 7 mile route from Tower Park to Forest Park Nature Center (the spur to the Nature Center, outer loop: Valley, Lower Deer Run, Deer Run, Wakerobin, Bee Tree, Possum Path, Valley, Wilderness) and back. It took 2:21 to do with the lower loop taking 1:10 (spur segments: 27:20, 26:48) and this was, oh, about 20 minutes longer than it once took. Why I keep bringing that up? Well, when I did my only sub 24 hundred (walking), my training paces were a LOT faster (13:30 or so..which are now 15:30.) and my 5K races were mid 23..not mid 27.
Those days are not coming back. But …well, I remember doing that..so it is hard for me to say “forget the past..focus on doing the best you can NOW.
And this year..and probably for years to come, 6:00-6:15 for the marathon (walking) might be just fine.