I think it's fair to say that if you have a running race database to match your orienteering one, this would be a highlight.
Well done Paul. I hope you adjust your goals for London but only a little to be safe. 2.51 by that performance so a big cushion. What are your thoughts?
My half prior to London 2012 was 81.56 - I adjusted my goal time for the Marathon to 2.56 based on that. Worked out ok. Paul - you should do what feels right, but I would agree with Mr Couldridge that you can aim to go a few minutes under 3hrs rather than a 2.59. I can't see you blowing up like last time, your mileage and consistency has been remarkable.
Great reault Paul. As the guys say, aim for 2.56 to be on nhte safe side.
Looking good Paul - keep it going not long now
Thanks all. We'll see how the training goes in the next month, but I'm rather wary of upping the marathon target much at this stage now given what happened last time, and the absolute focus this time is on trying to make sure I break 3 hours.
One thing I'll certainly be doing is pacing it more conservatively than last time, trying for a slightly slower first half and then aim for a negative split, as I feel I perform better that way. Last time I was half-way in 87:54 (i.e. just under 2:56 pace) and then fell apart after 20 miles. This time I'm more inclined to run the first half around 89 mins, and then see if I can push on for a negative split and do the second half in 88 or so, giving 2:57 - if I'm really as fit as the training looks then I should be able to manage that and will beat the 2:59:59 target anyway, but I think that's the way I should try to do it.
Great strategy Paul. Sounds like you have a good measure of what your capabilities are. Keep up the good training!