I don't usually get many replies to any threads I start but I hope someone will be able to give me some advice.
My weekly mileage for the last 14 weeks looks like this: 36, 40, 28, 42, 21, 45, 53, 36, 11, 35, 29, 44, 12, 44
The dips in mileage have been down to small injuries I have picked up.
I did the Stafford Half Marathon in 1.37.50 3 weeks ago and the Blackpool half in 1.40.50 yesterday - started off steady but finished too quickly. I had intended to try out target marathon pace of 8 min miles for a 3.30 marathon but got a bit carried away. Now I have any ankle niggle which I am sure will be fine in a couple of days. Anyway, my mileage for the next two weeks is 36 and 42 (including the marathon itself).
I have only done 2 runs at 20+ miles (20 and 22). My last "long" run was 18 miles 2 weeks ago.
I still have this 3.30 target at the back of my mind but think I should really be aiming for 3.45. I am worried I am going to start to fail in the latter stages. I watched someone really struggled in the latter stages yesterday who I thought would be fine and he is considerably fitter and better prepared than me (although was going for a much quicker time).
I'm feeling very nervous about this now and would appreciate advice on training, nutrition, rest or whatever for the next two weeks. Have I done enough to have a go at that 3.30? Would it be stupid to set off at 8 min mile pace and be comfortable for say 15 or 16 miles and then have 15 mins contingency time for the rest of the race to get under 3.45 if it goes wrong?