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I will be doing my 2nd marathon in a couple of weeks and I don't know how to pace it. For my first marathon my aim was to get round, which I managed in 4 hours 42 minutes. I would love to get 4h 30 for this one. My half marathon times are around 1h 55 mins and all the race predictors I've put my times into say I'm on track for around about the 4 hour mark. I doubt that very much though!
So, my question is, should I aim to be consistant all the way round, say with 10 minute miles? Or should I set out slower, at around 10.5 minute miles (that's what I've been training at) then speed up? There are pacers at the race, should I tag onto the 4h30 pacer or the 4h15? I don't want to start out too fast, maybe 4h 15 would be too fast. Arghhh! So many questions!
Any advice from experienced marathoners would be very much appreciated. I thank you