Marcus - welcome. Your PBs would indicate you've the potential for sub 3.15, but for your first marathon I think you are really sensible setting a more conservative target. You are more likely to have a good day out, and once you've done one you'll know how to improve on the next!
Sounds like you've not done runs beyond 13M before? so the most important thing will be to build up the long run distance gradually, get your body used to it so you avoid injury. Many on here have been doing this for years so can (relatively) happily bash out loads of 20's, but if you've not done this before you'll find that tough on your body. I think 7 20's is excessive - I'd say a go for minimum of 2 (that's the most I've ever managed!).
Also, I'm a massive fan of cross training - I think marathon schedules often have too much running. Long days out on the bike with friends are great for building your aerobic base.
Simon - your less is more comment made me snort out loud...
Quick check in - gas leaks and no internet to deal with right now! I'm sure there's been some great runs over the weekend so well done!
Great news on VLM ant - but I thought you were done with winter marathon training?
I recovered properly for the second part of the 5k / 10k double with lots of heavy lifting, cleaning, and some lovely strong beer. I'm sure that's what Mo does.
The 10k was a local charity race - everyone in the same t-shirt, most people walking the 5k option and 10mins of compulsory aerobics before the start. Quickly found myself out in front (leading a race is really cool!), then a few guys overtook the lead. The 10k was 4 flat laps and I started lapping people halfway through the second lap (!). Pretty soon there was nobody else around, but it was good motivation to keep catching and lapping people. Kept a pretty even pace of 7.56 all the way and finished in 41.36 - I think the course was a bit short so probably more like 43 for the 10k. That would be a big PB so happy with that, but think there's more to come.
Was 4th overall, and 1st lady by 7 minutes...
Watch out everyone - theres gonna be a naked spoons on the run soon!
Speed weekend part 1 done - and another 10 sec sliver knocked off the YKW PB - 20.18 . I ran even paced all the way, but a lady who was with me at halfway had a storming second half to finish in just under 20. Tried, but couldn't stay with her. Next time.
Its into the recovery cryochamber for me now before the 10k tomorrow.