Hi all im in the taper down weeks of my marathon training im doing the Hull Marathon April 8th.
The training times I've been doing indicate I have a shot at sub 4 hrs (I have been recording my times and with fatguie slow down its acheiveable) but could be slighty over I will have to see on the day.
The web site of the marathon stated they will have pace runners for 3:30 4:00 and 4:30hrs on the day.
This is my first marathon and I only starting properley running about a year ago and did the Humber Bridge half last june so I dont have much race day experiance.
I was wondering would I be best to run with the 4:30hrs pace runner then increase my pace to go past if im able to, or would I be best to go with the 4:00 hrs pace runner and adjust though the run as to what im capable.
Also sorry to rattle on what balance of pace would a pace runner do? would it be slower first half then faster second or vice versa or just a level continous pace?
I just wanted to prepare best I can and also have my mind at rest for the day
Any advice and knowledge is very much appreciated.
Hi there Dougie thanks for the reply yes to be honest I was thinking that following the 4:30 pace maker would leave me to much to do if I want to increse my pace later would I should be capable of doing.
WIth my recorded times for 15,18,20 miles and if I add on a min a mile for the final 6.2 miles I can still slide just under 4 hours.
I did the Jane Tomlinson 10k last May then the Humber bridge Half Marathon last June so I have built upto this and tried to train properly so im holding upto the distance and pace better that I thought I would.
Mind you on the day and the extra miles it might shock me yet lol
I have also done the Hull Park run which like you say can be good to get a feel for pace.
The only thing I wondering is to pace say 1:55 first half then second half 2:05 to pace me for the 4 hour mark then anything even single second under I'll be happy with. I do releise also though I might have to rethink and adjust to how im feeling during the run.
I was thinking just to get around 6 months ago now pace tactics have come into it and im not sure what to exspect lol its all a learning curve mind.
The help and other thoughts from anyone is much appreciated.
Many thanks all
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