Hi all, I'm new here and enjoy reading everyone's tips! Anyway, I am training for my first marathon which will be in Las Vegas this December. I am not new to running, but am a natural sprinter rather than a distance runner. I did go out for cross country when I was in school, and have maintained running 3-5 miles several times a week (I'm 24 btw). I am following Hal Higdon's novice program, currently on week 3. I also have an old quad injury (was told I could never run or be active regularly without living in physical therapy) but I've learned to live with that and deal with the pain. I also have asthma and allergies which make breathing rather difficult. With all those issues, so far my "long" runs (6 and 7 miles) have been run at about a 10 minute mile pace and starting out slow to keep my lungs from freaking out too much. Initially my goal was to just finish this marathon, but I am extremely competitive and have become a tad hung up on time/pace. They just shortened the race time limit to 5 1/2 hours, and I would like to be well below that. I used the McMillan running calculator, based off a 5k time, and it has me at a 4:25 marathon. My question with this is, will I really be able to run near that time by doing all my training runs at the 10 - 12 minute/mile pace that it tells me to train at? I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around that idea, probably because of my sprinting background where you just go all out. I also worry that I'll become so used to running at an 11 minute/mi pace, that that's what I'll naturally run at and have a slower time. Flood me with any info you have! Thanks!
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