Advice needed on best training plan and weight
Just to answer point 2 - you might want to use the 4 hour time as a training target, but the MacMillan time is based on equivalent performance at each distance. For a first-time marathoner, you'll struggle to reach this equivalent performace on your first attempt. You might be one of the lucky ones who adjusts very easily to the greater distance, but the vast majority of runners don't and can take 30 mins to 1 hour longer.
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