I signed up for the Auckland marathon a couple of weeks ago. Event is on 30th October '11. This will be my first marathon ever! I'm currently clocking between 20-30km per week, and I have to get that up to 50km per week in the next six weeks. That way I will have a good base for the actual marathon training which will be much harder!
I have consistently done half marathons at around 1:45:00 pace when I am feeling on form. That means my goal is going to be 3:30:00 to 4:00:00 for the actual marathon. Is 3:30 do-able? Well, the marathon is 16km more than I have ever run at one time but I have 6 1/2 months to concentrate almost exclusively on my running fitness and build a good endurance base.
What can I expect? I have done the Auckland Marathon for the last 3 years. The first half has rolling hills and a couple of annoying (but not really tough) climbs. If I get through that in under 1:50:00 I will try to switch to leg turnover mode and try to cruise the rest of the way at a good pace, maybe find someone to run with. The last 25 km is dead flat, from the bridge turnaround to St Heliers and back, so the main thing is good form, minimising impact on the legs and enjoying the scenery ;-P.