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In training for my first marahon, I took a bit of a guess at what time to aim for. I use my half marathon time, but it was from a while ago and not during much training, and so aimed for a sub 4.15 (thinking sub 4 was within reach but perhaps needed the experience of my first marathon, so would aim for sub 4 next time round).
I'm slightly questioning this pace now. My LSR's have been slow...I've purposefully not looked at my watch and run comfortably at a pace I can have a conversation at. I feel I'm going very slow (in fact I usually think it's too slow), but they all end up with an average moving time of 9.45-9.50. So what sort of pace should I aim for for the actual marathon? Aim for 9.30 but if I have some in the tank, go harder at the end? I've done 18 miles at 9.45 and it felt comfortable and I could have carried on. My mileage isn't that high (mid 30's atm), so maybe still aim for 9.30? Just feel perhaps I should aim for more?
To add to this, I'm planning on doing the Hyde Park 20 miler. Would it be a good idea to maybe try out 9.30 pace at this (it's 6 weeks before my marathon) and see how I get on? Thanks!