My first marathon was the London many years ago - pre ipods; sports gels etc etc
Finished in 4.12 and had trained for a year before hand by doing 3 HM's. Sitting watching the marathon the year before and decided I'd love to do it, so bought a ticket through the local travel agent (how things have changed!!).
really enjoyed it, never 'hit the wall' and am considering applying for the ballot this year......
4:47 - London 2005.
I had thought I might get around 4:30, and that was looking likely until about 17 miles, when it all started to get much harder! It was a warm one, too.
I didn't really have a training plan, just increased the long runs week after week. I know better now
thanks dave b that is really helpful.
I see what you mean 8 min miling is good running in the middle of a marathon.
I am doing fist marathon in a week and a half. Had my training went perfectly i thought 4hrs was an outside chance. Training didn;t go great due to some IT band problems so i am now looking at sub 4.30. I have spent a lot of time thinking and reading about pace. Early on i was thinking of starting out at 9.25-9.30 pace so the 4 was still a possibility if all went great (all my long runs up to 21.3miles were done around 9.45 pace). But everything i have read which concurs with your view suggests if you go to fast too early I will pay big time at the end. I have therefore got my sensible head on today and think i will try and set off at 9.50-10 min mile pace and try to stay steady across the course.
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