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I am hoping that some experienced marathon runners can help me with the dilemma I have following my long run today.
I am training for the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May and am working on increasing my long run distance before I start a schedule at the end of January. It will be my first marathon and I am hoping to finish in around 3:35-3:45 (based on my 10k and half marathon time). Today I did 16 miles in 2:15 and I was really pleased until I realised that I had been told two things about long runs: 1) do 20 milers 2) run for the same amount of time you expect to run in the race. Having done that distance today I have realised that it is not going to take me 1:20 to run an extra 4 miles! So I am confused. Do I do the 20 milers and run for less time than I expect to complete the marathon in or do I run much much slower and do the time?