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Marathon Pace?

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I have a spring marathon coming up. My last 3 marathons have been around 3:48. I want to run at 3:45. I have always gone out at either 8:35 or faster and tried to hold pace or else gone slightly fast 8:25 to allow for fade. I was reading Alberto Salazar and he says go out at 8:40 and run the second half at 8:30. I'm afraid to try this because I think I'll fade anyway.<br><br>
I average only about 40 miles a week during training maybe hitting 50 miles on my longest week. I think that part of why I fade is low mileage, but I think I'm stuck with that mileage.<br><br>
Should I try Salazar's slower start?
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While it is ideal, few runners run negative splits. Assume you will do a slow fade.<br><br>
I like idea of a nice conservative first part, picking up the pace a bit in the middle the judging things in the last 10K. As Pacer Chris suggested this might bank you a little time.<br><br>
Also 3:45 is often a pace bunny time--you could always give yourself over to the power of the white rabbit.
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