I am particpating in my first VLM next week. I am hoping to finish in under 4 hours. I have trained well and been lucky to escape injury. I have completed up to 21.2 miles. I am not sure what pace to start the marathon. I have done a half in 1:42 so am able to keep under 8 min miles for half. I am not sure whether to start quicker around 8:15's for the first half and then this will leave me more time in the second half to get under 4. Or do I start even slower and try and keep a steady pace. Please help?!
Yep - what reiki said. Doing 8:15 you might feel great at halfway. I suspect you won't be feeling great by mile 22.
With a 1:42 you should "easily" do sub 4 but its a common marathon mistake to go out too fast - why not do 9 minute miles to halfway then try for a negative split?
Or try for 8:45 start to finish?
Ice Man I just looked at my first London time - 3:57...it was 2:01:23 at halfway. I started nice and slow, andhere are the splits. Do your work in the second half, not the first.
Splits KM10: 0:59:09 KM20: 1:55:27 HALF: 2:01:23 KM30: 2:52:09 KM40: 3:45:20 FINISH: 3:57:05
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