I have never run a marathon before so I am not quite sure what my marathon pace should be! My current half marathon PR is 2:07:00 which is 9:42 pace, but I know that I can run faster than that at this point.
I used the handy McMillan Running Calculator and tried to determine a goal marathon pace. First I put in my current 5K PR, 25:53, (which I also hope to beat soon) into the calculator to determine a potential marathon time.
Apparently I should be able to run a 4:12:20 marathon at 9:38 pace (per mile). That seems doable, however, the only problem that I have with this is that this calculation also says that I should be able to run a 1:59:39 half marathon. That's about 8 minutes faster than my current PR! While I have made it pretty clear that I want to run a 1:59:59 half marathon, the fact of the matter is that I haven't yet.
For that reason I plugged my current half marathon PR into the calculator to determine my potential marathon time.
4:27:51 at 10:14 pace (per mile), seems like I should be able to do that! However, I don't want to sell myself short so I am most likely going to aim for a pace in between a finishing time of 4:12 and 4:27.
Of course, my main goal is just to finish, even if that means walking or hitting paces slower than I intended.
How do you determine your race pace? Do you think I am on the right track with mine?