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Stupid question of the day - can you just pick a pace (within reason) at which to run or are you stuck with what you have?
I'd really like to run my September marathon in 4:15 or less because everyone I know who has done one has done it at this pace or quicker and I hate being the worst at things! However, based on my current times, I'm more in line for a 4:30 at best.
Is it possible to just pick a pace and train to it even if that's not what you're used to running? From the McMillan running calculator, a 4h marathon would equal a 9:20min/mile. Can I just base my paces in training on that (long runs would be 9.20-10.40mm, I currently run about 10.35mm which is 70% HR) or should I accept that I'm slower and run to what I can do now? I've just done a 10k race in 58mins, according to the calculator, I would finish in just over 4 and a half hours.
Does any of this make sense? Any advice much appreciated