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I've been running for about two years, gradually increasing my training and have seen improving PBs in races. My current 10k is 43:33 and my HM is 1:43:30.
I've bitten the bullet and decided to enter a marathon next year, with training starting at the beginning of Jan. I'm trying to work out what would be a sensible, yet competitive target time based on my experience to date. A lot of advice says your only goal on a first marathon should be to finish, yet if I use a run calculator such as McMillan it suggests I could make 3:37:49 - which I would obviously be thrilled with!
My initial goal was just to get sub 4hrs but would love to run as well as I can, given I'm not sure if I'm likely to be able to devote the necessary training time to run another one. Should I pace myself during training to get the 3:37, or just aim for 4hrs? Have people paced themselves to McMillan calculations before and found them reasonable? Or can I adjust my pacing throughout training if I feel it is going well?
Grateful for any advice - thanks