Hi, I am a reasonably fit regular runner. I probably run between 20-30 miles per week. My longest ever run was Bewl 15 which I completed in 2:09, my 1/2 pb is 1:37 and 5k is 20 ish. I have been runnin consistently for well over a year and last weekend ran Henfield XC half in 1:47 with out trying very hard, more like a hard training run than a race, a similar approach to the one I took for Bewl 15 above. Lately I have been entering races just to motivate me to do my long runs and find 8 min miles quite comfortable over the half distance. If I dropped my pace to say 9 min miles would I be abe to sustain this for the full marathon distance? I appreciate there is only one way to find out but wondered if I should just enter one and see what happens or perhaps not. I have no intention of increasing my training mileage so should I just stick to shorter races? Also I really can't see myself just going out on a training run of more than 2 hours but would run for longer in a race. I've never really looked at marathon training plans as what I currently do in training is probably as much as I can manage time wise. Any thoughts?