CharlieW and PhilPub - thanks. It think I will go for 2:59 until mile 20 or so, and push it from there if I still have anything left in the tank. It is my third marathon only, and it is the first time I managed to realise my whole training program without getting injured, so I reckon I was getting too smug and neglected myself a bit at the end as a result. Not sure how much might fitness might have dropped over the last 10 days without the 3 runs I had planned.
As to my 10k pb going into Amsterdam, I have no idea: I have done just 2 in my life, but I have an impression that I am better at longer distances.
with a PB of 3:03 from Amsterdam, I am hoping to get my sub 3 hours in London.
I am thinking of those times as goals: 2:59:59 / 2:54:59 / 2:49:59. The last one is based on my 10k result from Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago (36:59). Since then, I have developed a niggle in my foot and been able to do just one run on Wednesday plus a bit of swimming, cycling and eliptical, and not planning on any until Sunday. Assuming I will be able to get to the finish line without excruciating pain, which seem to be likely, what pacing strategy would you advise?
Good for you! I got the dreaded letter a few days ago so no VLM for me next year. I am thinking of doing one of the CTS races instead, to prepare better for the off-road section of the Forestman (which I have just entered )