Westy, all pace calculators are rubbish! Apparently I should have been able to run a sub 4 which is what all the pace calculators bar one also told me! My heart rate was in the 170's or higher for all of Paris and according to that link it should have been low 160's for most of it. And I did all my training at the paces given. Hmph!
Wenty, I agree with the others - don't do it! You're always entering marathons so just save it for another time when you've had chance to test it out!
Stewart - funny you should mention problems with your watch. Mine died a couple of days after Paris so I treated myself to a new Garmin 610. Tried the old 305 again just to make sure it was dead and it sprang back into life! Keeping the new one though - it beeps which is something the 305 hasn't done for the last 12 months!
I decided to go with the pace band option in Paris and just use time lapsed on my watch. This was fine while I was maintaining roughly the correct pace but once I started to lose it, plus not knowing whether the tunnels had screwed up the GPS, I was completely lost and wasn't compos mentis enough to try and work out what pace I needed to maintain to at least achieve my 'bronze' target. In hindsight I wish I'd had 2 pace bands - one for my gold target and one for my bronze target and then I would have known what I needed to do to come away with a time I would still have been reasonably happy with. Just a thought!
Might have a chance of spotting you on the tele in that outfit Wenty!
I actually felt ready to run last Wednesday (obviously didn't work hard enough in the marathon!) but the car broke down which meant I had to start cycling into work so I put off the running until the weekend. I'm loosely following the P&D recovery mesocycle but running entirely to HR rather than pace.
Only race planned so far is a 10k at the end of August.
Well done to all the Manchester marathoners by the way! Looking forward to seeing how the London crew get on!