It's the race I want to do and the training run thing is just my way of saying I have to slow down. I want number 2 and I'd rather DNF than ruin that. I'm planning to be very careful after talking to people who have done similar and some have blown number 2 because they went out far to strong in number 1.I'm waiting to talk to someone who's done the Brathay 10 in 10 and although they're better than me it's all relative so hopefuly their advice will be useful over such an intense event. Thanks for the comments, taking them all in.
I agree. I'm using a 3:45 plan but really using more as a rough mileage indicator and long run gauge. I'm running off feel and if I feel great I run faster and if I'm fatigued or have a niggle I have a slower run. Maybe thats the actual answer, run on feel and forget target paces the same for the race as the training. Can keep an eye on it but put more focus on effort levels.
Sorry FerrousFerret just caught your post after I replied. I've run 3 marathon and numerous half marathons,10K's etc., so not as inexperienced as I was. I know what you mean about the timings. The plan for the first marathon is to do 20 mile long run at a really slow pace and then potentially adopt a run/walk or jog for the last 10K taking it really easy. Going to get out next day if only for a couple of miles. The focus is on marathon number 2. The first really is a long run. Plenty do a 20 mile race before marathon so hoped if I could control the rest it wouldn't be too bad. Do you agree or still think it's risky?
Like the answer literatin. I know what you mean but these 15 minute chunks probably come from the plans. I've read what Goalpost and iower have said and I think they've just confirmed to stick to plan and potentially try out 3:30 pace at the back of a long run and use that to gauge it. It's so tempting but as Goalpost says getting there is more important and I agree completely. Head is going to win this one but I'll test the pace and I'll store your 20+ suggestion iower. Thanks for the help and encouragement.
8 weeks in to training for Yorkshire with a training run at Loch Ness 2 weeks before which will be slow. Been improving PB at 5K and 10K by 1.50 and 4.38 respectively. 10K is now 42.47 which suggests (in some places)a sub 3.30 marathon. I've been training for sub 3.45 because at the start of the year my post injury weight and fitness was good enough for this only. Do I stuck to original plan or adjust? My head says stick to plan and look at 2015 improvement but my heart says adjust and maximise.