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I am training for my 1st London Marathon and I am following the Hal Higdon Novice 2 programme. Training so far going well. The furthest I have ran is 9 miles, with this weekend I am running 11 miles. Everyone on this site has given me some great advice, which I really do take on board. I'm not a great runner, but I do enjoy it. I can run a 5K in 26 and a half minutes and my last 9 miles averaged out at 9 minutes 20. I think I'm quite slow but all the advice is telling me to go slow, as it's not about speed, it's about mileage. On Saturday evening, I did a 10K, but did this at 10 minute miles. It was fine, quite cruisey, apart from not enjoying running late at night on my own in the freezing cold, but hey ho, that's what I suppose marathon training is all about! When you have two kids at home, you have to fit in the training around them and I'd rather run guilt free to be honest! Anyway, my question is this....Hal Higdon says that my long runs need to be slower than my marathon pace. If by going even slower, then what pace do you run on the actual marathon day? Do you run slightly faster on marathon day or do I just keep to the slow pace I have ran my long runs at? I don't want to run a marathon on 10 minute miles, as I want to be fit enough to at least go for a 9 minute mile pace. Is it possible to get faster during all the months build up or do you plateau, just to ensure you get the mileage in? Thanks guys