The hard part with that 12 miler will be taking 15 minutes for the first two miles. It'll feel really slow. Good marathon training though - on race day if it feels desperately slow at the start you're probably bang on race pace (whatever that turns out to be).
Just back from official training day 1. Should have just been like any other run, but for some reason it felt significant. I had the option of a 4M easy run or rest day, but let’s be honest, there wasn’t really an option! I ran 7 minute miles which felt comfortable.
Isn't it supposed to feel 'easy' rather than 'comfortable'? I suppose over 4 miles it doesn't really matter, but when you get to proper long runs easy should mean just that, much easier (and slower) than a pace you can 'comfortably' manage. Just my opinion, of course - I'm sure Steve's advice to focus on effort rather than pace is the right one given you don't really know what your MP will be, but there's always the tendency to push a bit harder than you should. It's a mental thing, 'no pain no gain' etc.
20.5 done and dusted, in roughly marathon target finish time. Started nice and slow, then after 7 miles or so I found myself trailing a guy running just a bit quicker than I was, so I decided to follow. 3 miles and a lot of hard work later I finally caught him, to find out he's a 2:50 guy putting in few miles of MP in the middle of his run. Ouch!
He said he knew me from here but I got his real name, not his forum one so thanks for the tow, feel free to tell met stop being a numpty if I do it again. The rest of the run was OK, but I paid for my ill discipline on the last mile uphill home. Hard work.