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Hi, just interested in gaining information regarding marathon splits. Negative/even splits are obviously the optimum in current racing and while common in elite running, alot of us struggle with this. I've read that 3-5 minutes would be a respectable postive split and just wondered where everyone else fits into this.
My 2 marathon bests have both had a positive split of around 8 minutes (15 minutes seperates the two times). I set myself 3 targets - something I'd be really,really happy with but is probably too optimistic (but not according to the race time predictor), a time that is definitely achievable and a worst case scenario which will still be quick enough for me not to give up running. I start off at the pace for the best case and then start to slow. I don't think that if I started out the pace for my middle target and tried to speed up that I would ever make the time back up...
Go on, show me your splits!