Posted: 19/01/2015 at 11:45
I think as you get more experienced at running them, you can be bolder with pacing them. Paris 2013 I ran without fear but I played a percentage game and saved a few Scooby snacks in reserve. I probably had an extra few percent of effort stored just in case things got on top. As it was only my second marathon it felt right to save a bit.
In my most recent (7th) marathon and went for it and tried to pace it to my level/fitness. Did pretty well although tired the last couple of miles and missed my target by a couple of minutes.
TD - we've talked about that line of being able to run the marathon getting the best possible performance, but not overcooking it. It's a fine line and experience at the distance will teach you how to do that. It's tough tho' - you can do everything right and then "on the day" comes into play.