I just got accepted into NYC and have a goal time of 2:59:59. My question is this. I plan on doing my MP runs at a slightly faster pace so it will feel comfortable. I'm going to hit low 6:40's for those runs so I have a cushion going into the race. For the race itself Im going to start slightly slower and then gradually pick it up. My question is my recovery and regualr maintaince runs. Do you think 8:15-8:30 pace is too slow for those runs. I also plan on doing the Yasso 800's shooting for 2:55-2:58's on those. BTW I live at altitude. I plan to peak at 70MPW. Does this sound like I am on the right track. Thanks.
Sounds like you all over the place actually. Sounds like you really don't have a structured plan either. Advice, skip the Yasso's. All they tell you is that you can run N amount of 800s at a certain pace, they don't really apply to telling you about running a marathon at X.
Lookup Advanced Marathoning by Pfitz. Has a bunch of good plans in there for un-coached runners and beginners.
You should definitely start out slow in New York because the first mile is up a 164 foot hill...
You've also picked one of the harder courses to go sub-3 on, but Geoffrey Mutai showed last year that you can run fast there....
However, sounds like you are training for a certain pace and not training with your current ability. Sounds like a recipe for disaster and injury.