If you’re aiming to run a 6 hour marathon pace then you will need to will need to pace your run at around 13:43 minutes per mile or 8:31 minutes per kilometer to finish in at just under 6 hours. We’ve included a chart below with the exact breakdown.
Sub 6 hours is a very achievable goal for the majority of runners to aim for but you will still need to put in the hard work as every second will count. We’ve included the splits below for a 6 hour marathon pace per mile both and 6 hour marathon pace per km as we know most runners have a preference even if the race markers will usually be in miles counting up to that magical 26.2 mile finish distance.
It’s worth noting that if you’re spending 6 hours running you will normally have a slower pace in the second half of the race, so whilst you can use these marathon pace charts as guidance you’re better off allowing for some variation. 6 hours is a long time to spend on your feet so you may end up taking some walking breaks, taking longer times at water stations etc, so just take all of that into account too.
Pacing in miles
Pacing in km
Is 6 hours a good time for a marathon?
Based on the table below sourced from Asics finishing in under 6 hours would put you in the top 97% of male runners and top 91% of female runners.
|Less than 3 hours||4%||1%|
|Less than 3 h 30 min||18%||5%|
|Less than 4 hours||43%||21%|
|Less than 4 h 30 min||64%||43%|
|Less than 5 hours||81%||65%|
|Less than 6 hours||97%||91%|
Just completing a marathon is a great achievement and you will be part of the 0.01% of the global population who have finished a marathon this year. What an achievement to celebrate no matter the time it takes.
Ultimately please don’t compare yourself to other runners as your finishing times will vary depending on many factors such as fitness levels, gender, age, your race experience, as well as the type of course.
Training for a 6 hour marathon
You will have to be dedicated and consistent in your training if you want to achieve this time, ensuring you complete your weekly sessions of tempo runs, speed runs and long runs, with the typical marathon training build up of around 12 weeks.
As you will be on for feet for a long time during these long runs, building up endurance, both physical and mental, will be key.
Ultimately your long training runs will help you dictate what your estimated finish time will be so check out the pacing charts to see where your half marathon and 20 mile runs aline with a predicted full marathon finish time.
Tips for completing a marathon
Running a marathon is never easy and if you’re aiming for a time like sub 6 hours then you may encounter some mental challenges as you aim to cross that finish line, especially after spending six hours on your feet.
We’ve written ‘10 tips to help you complete a marathon‘ with advice and tips for the mental challenge of pushing on when your brain is telling you to stop.
What to eat before a long run
On your long training runs and on your actual marathon you will want to ensure you’re fueled correctly to ensure your glycogen stores are topped up. If you’re not fueled correctly before you head out then you’re asking for trouble and risk ‘hitting the wall’ or ‘bonking’. Read what to eat here.
Tips for pacing London Marathon
London Marathon is arguably the biggest marathon in the world and so we’ve put together our tips and advice for it and how on-the-day elements can affect your pacing such as the weather, course elevation, and in the case of the London Marathon the sheer number of people taking part.