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Hi all, I am curious to hear from those who ran recent/or previous marathons whther your actual marathon average pace was faster than your long slow run average pace.
Almost everyone says to run the long slow runs at least 10-15% slower than marathon pace. I am running my first marathon and have managed a certain pace on all slow runs and hope to go faster in the marathon but it is difficult for me to gauge what effect going faster will have on my running in the last half/quarter. I am therefore interested to know peoples pace in training/marathon and the perceived effort/ehaustion level:
1. What was your average slow long run pace and what was your perceived levels of exhaustion at the end of long runs (over 18 miles) on a scale of 1-10 (10 being absolutely done). Important to record what it felt like at that time not on reflection now.
2. What was your average pace in marathon and on a scale of 1-10 what was your level of exhaustion?