Wow - this VDOT calculator's great and paces are really sensible based on my latest races; also reassuring to know that the paces I'm aiming to hit are appropriate. I've never seen this one before and it appears to be the most realistic.
You'll be amazed at how slow your goal pace feels on race day (nowhere near as difficult as the MP sessions you do on your own in training). The secret is to stick with it because 20 miles down the road it'll still be great and you'll be passing so many people who didn't hold back.
We've only just begun the program so you won't be ready for 26.2 at race pace yet - that's why we need 18 weeks! It'll all fall into place as the weeks go by.........
Week 2 went well, jigged runs around so long run 16 miles with 8 @ MP was Weds and medium long was Sunday helping a friend at a local HM (run at my training pace so really enjoyable). Mara pace run went well, on target for first 4 but a bit iffy coming back into the wind. Plenty of time yet though.