Hello Sam, A question about pace on the race day, and what final time to target. I did a half last year with minimal training that indicates a marathon time of 4.15. Since then i jogged along at 15 miles/week for a few months then started the "ideal world level 2" programme from your "start to finish" book, Its going really well, i feel really fit (pulse 47!) and I can easily do 6 or more 8 min miles in my midweek runs, no injuries, no stiffness, all great. feel great. a lot of me want to to try to break 4 hours but the quality of my previous long runs really worries me, I ran 20 miles last sunday and 20 miles the sunday before both at 10min pace and felt that was all I had, it was quite hard going. although again, completely recovered and no stiffness the next day as if i hadn't even done it! So im a bit confused am i just not a long distance runner? i don't use gels or special drinks as i don't like them i drink water and eat chocolate. have i overtrained will the taper enable me to beat 4hours?
Can you advise on a goal to aim for and a pace strategy please