cue the rainbows and butterflies,
I found the most amazing marathon website!
Have you ever wondered what marathon course would give you the best chance of PR'ing? Or how your performance during a particular marathon would compare to another marathon?
If I ran a 3:26:53 at the OC Marathon, what would my finishing time be if I had raced a different marathon with a similar level of training?
FindMyMarathon.com predicts your marathon finishing time on different marathons, based on course profile and typical race day weather.
I thought I'd snoop around this website to find some fast courses.
According to the website, I could probably knock some minutes off if I did the California International Marathon, Road2Hope Marathon, or the Boston Marathon:
I like this website because it makes me optimistic that my next marathon will be faster that my last :) But it appears that most of the time difference can be attributed to the "weather time difference", which seems to be a little on the generous side if you ask me....so we'll see if that's actually true.
I'm a little doubtful that it'll predict an exact finishing time, but it's a great jumping off point to compare different prospective marathons. There are so many factors that go into having a successful marathon, not only course and weather...and we all know how weather is so unpredictable.
So if you decide to check it out:
1) go to www.FindMyMarathon.com
2) select "marathon time converter" from the top toolbar
3) select your current marathon PR time and location on the left
4) select up to 3 marathons that you're curious about on the right
5) select "convert time" on the left
...and then you'll be able to compare the races
How do you usually find your PR race?
MarathonGuide.com is usually a pretty good source, but I think it'll be helpful to use it in combination with this website. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to try this site out!