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Marathon pb strategy

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Sep 2013
11:50am, 5 Sep 2013
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*jono*
constant pace I'd say - but trying to achieve that isn't easy, unless you've got a pacer who knows what he or she is doing
Sep 2013
11:57am, 5 Sep 2013
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Sweaty Frank
Good luck in your race, Andy. I echo the majority, run as evenly as possible, given the course and conditions. Just as importantly, run the pace your training and recent races indicate you can hold for 26.2 miles. If you are unsure how to know what pace you should be able to hold, there are various ways to calculate this. One of the most commonly accepted is the McMillian calculator: test.mcmillanrunning.com
Sep 2013
12:40pm, 5 Sep 2013
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Johnny Blaze
I''d say run balls out for the first 26 miles.
Sep 2013
1:30pm, 5 Sep 2013
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Sweaty Frank
If you choose to follow Johnny's dangerous advice, put on lots of lube to prevent chafing.
Sep 2013
2:23pm, 5 Sep 2013
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Andy39
So on reflection it seems I need to run an even pace most of the race with plenty of lube and my balls out
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Sep 2013
12:10pm, 6 Sep 2013
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Sweaty Frank
The fundamentals of marathon racing.
Sep 2013
2:50pm, 7 Sep 2013
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Tim of MK
I've a 4:13 full-marathon PB from 2006, which I'll be aiming to have a crack at next month.

My aim will be to go through the first half in 1:55, leaving myself a big 'cushion' in which to coast home.

It may work, it may not.
Sep 2013
8:13pm, 7 Sep 2013
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Chrisull
While not starting off too fast is a must, and even/sensible pacing - even this doesn't totally prepare you for the 22 miles plus feeling of very dead legs.

One thing that is forgotten is the psychological aspect of being ahead of your target time, my last marathon I aimed to run a 5 mile stretch in 36 minutes from 16 to 21 miles, on a target sub 3.30 mara, knowing that the previous three years, the hills on this course (the Cornish) had defeated me and conserving energy for them hadn't worked. I managed that it in about 36.30 but was so buoyed up that I then beat my target times for the remaining 5.2 miles, finishing nearly 4 minutes under and the hills didn't cause anywhere near the problems they had in previous years. It's as much a battle in your head as on your legs.
Sep 2013
8:54pm, 7 Sep 2013
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Revbarbarag
Is there a female equivalent to JB's advice? Just asking....
Sep 2013
9:17pm, 7 Sep 2013
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Bazoaxe
Yes ;-)

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