As it turns out, 14 full weeks (15 – 1 week lost to injury half-way through) of preparation may not be enough.
My official split times were:
13.1 – 2:02:20
20.0 – 3:16:43
26.2 – 4:33:31
Based on my short and mid-distance runs, I thought it would be possible to run a 4 hour marathon. The longer runs in my training log clearly suggest that I should have tried to run closer to 4 hours and 20 minutes. The first half was run at a ~9:20/mile pace, but I started to slow around mile 17, and hit the wall around mile 20 (not unheard of…). In the end, I am simply happy to have finished. Let my training log, and overly-enthusiastic starting pace serve as a lesson.
This was also an excuse to explore the use of a Google spreadsheet to track my progress and publish results instantly.