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I'm training for the VLM this April and I'm about unsure as to how I should be pacing on the day.
In my training I've been starting off the first 5 or so miles fairly slowly and then gradually speeding up over the distance (more based on feel than planned that way), and had the following times for some of my training runs:
12miles - 1h44
16miles - 2h30
18miles - 2h45
20miles - 3h00
I've finished all of these feeling fairly strong, with the last couple of miles at a quicker pace than the rest of the run, feeling like I could push the pace a little. I've been doing all my long runs in the 'shades' marathon training program - I've got my second 20miler this weekend and then start the taper. I've not done enough interval work, but have done hill repeats for the last month or more, once a week.
As background, i'm not a 'club runner' at all, but i've done a couple of marathons a few years ago (both in fancy dress so in 4h20+), lots of halfs and 10ks in the past, a few triathlongs etc - but for all of these my training is been haphazard at best! I'm 36years old.
My questions are what pace should I run for the marathon? i'm thinking I want to break 4h for the event and I'm confident i can do that - but could I go quicker than that? and if so how much quicker? and therefore what pace should I be targetting? I'm just unsure how my training paces at the long run can translate into a marathon time.
thanks in advance guys!