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Yesterday I ran my first half marathon. My average pace was 8:36 min/mile. I was wondering how realistic it is to set myself the goal of holding this pace in my first full marathon in 5 months from now.
Based on my experience yesterday I would say 8:45 min/mile is a far more comfortable pace for me. The average 8:36 min/mile was achieved by running at 8:45 min/mile for the first 8 miles and then running faster in the last 5 miles. I did give it full effort.
I am very happy with my training plan. The plan is for 4 days a week. If I would like to run a fifth day to improve my speed is it better to focus on hill repeats, interval sessions or fartleks?