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I recently completed the Milton Keynes marathon in 4h 42min. My average pace was 10.8min/mile. I want to do again the 26,2, most probably the Barcelona Marató, in 2013, but I'd like to do so with a bit more of a racing mentality. At the MK 2012 my only thought was to survive and have fun, running at a pace similar to that of my long run sessions, but in retrospective I can see how cautious I'd been, and how that approach affected my chip time the way it did. I'm sure I can do it even better, and maybe achieve a PR of 4h 30min or less. In Cool Running I saw a beginners program that encourages to run the whole distance in training, something that only makes sense to me, but I'd like to know if any of you have done that before and how it has affected the quality of your training, your recovery period and eventually your chip time in the actual race. Many thanks amigos and keep it up!