I'm actually curious to see how this goes. The last time I trained for a marathon, I was doing a charity training group in Washington DC. I had to fund raise and I had Sunday morning runs with the 12min/mile pace group from beginning of May until end of October. I completed the Marine Corps Marathon in 5hrs 56 mins. It was slow, but I finished.
Now, If I finish this, is I'm going to have to the Army 10 miler and is there a Navy road race that's big? I might as well try for all the branches.
But now.... what could I do a marathon in? According to the McMillan Calculator I could finish in 3:50 with a 8:47 pace. That pace seems kind of slow, but then better to go out too slow than too fast and fading. This is definitely going to be a challenge. I've tended to go on feel during races, and my natural pace seems to be around 8:20 for longer distances. I have a feeling that I'm going to be learning a lot during my training this summer.
Any marathoners out there who can give advice on marathon pacing to a newbie?
So here is what my Hal Higdon's Novice 2 Marathon training plan for week 1 looks like:
Tuesday- Run 3√
Wednesday- Run 5 at marathon pace (ummm- I did it in 8:30 pace- a bit quick but we'll see)√
Thursday- Run 3
Saturday- XTrain (Spinning)
Sunday- Run 8