Posted: 25/02/2014 at 11:34
MA I agree with Tmoth. Assess where you are just before but with it being your first one go out at 6:50 or just above and see how you feel. Worse case is at 20-22miles the wheels come off and you just make it under 3:05.00. I aimed for sub 3hr at blackpool marathon last year but cocked up by going off too hard. 6.14 & 6.24 first two miles. Didnt get sub 3hr so I jogged last few miles for 3:05.56 thinking it would be enough.
Anyway after an easy week I ran national xc at the weekend at planned mp. 46.22, 608th place beating a few people I had never beat before. Sunday was a long coached fartlek session . 15min at 7:30 followed by 5, 1, 2, 4, 1, 2, 5, 1, 2, 4, 1, 2mins @ at least 1mile pace with 5min 7:30pace between. Absolutely knackered even today.
Finally got around to entering east hull 20miles on 9th as my warm up race for blackpool marathon. That should give me a big indication of if im near the 2:50.00 shape