what was your finish time for your first marathon?

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25/04/2012 at 20:58
6.02 - too hot + too many blisters + not enough functioning water stations.
27/04/2012 at 11:11
3.19 - last week at VLM
27/04/2012 at 11:27
4:02.

It was very hot, very hilly (Potteries Marathon) and I was 18 and stupid - very little training, and then suddenly decided to do a 22 miler 4 days before because I'd not run over 18 miles before!
27/04/2012 at 12:17

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......

27/04/2012 at 12:28

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

27/04/2012 at 14:48
3.05. First Marathon and first year of running. Injury 5k from the end stopped 2hrs 45min. I think I have a high base of fitness due to me playing football a lot in the past. Hopefully see my times tumbling down now.
27/04/2012 at 15:53

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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