I started training for this unofficially 3.5 weeks ago but now I have confirmed my entry. 150 days to go
I have not run a marathon previously as I always had the excuses that I wouldn't do one before I was 25 or while I was prioritizing other races. I then found myself a few months back thinking about the plans for next year and these previous excuses were no longer valid. I also realised this was perhaps the best opportunity I would get, given other friends are also marathon training.
Time-wise my hope to run under 2:40. This is a little over the VDOT equivalent of a 1:14:30 half but at this stage I still need to do lots of long training runs at this pace. I can always re-evaluate later. I would prefer to have a good first experience than to have a negative one and never want to enter one again.
Running38:00  6.8 km (5:35 / km) +47m5:24 / km ahr:123 max:142 shoes: Salomon Speedcross 4 (Grey) 2
Lap of the meadows then back, pick up my lunch then ITW
Running35:37  6.34 km (5:37 / km) +90m5:15 / km ahr:127 max:148 shoes: Salomon Speedcross 4 (Grey) 2