Blasting Through The Wall

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    Aug 23, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    I'm defintiely not an athlete but have over many years become an above average runner.

    The trouble I keep running into is hitting the wall during those last 3-4 miles of a marathon. Once again my time suffered today. Some of it is a mental block in additon to the physical component. If I knew I couldn't do better I would be satisfied but I am better than my race times.

    Has anyone out there endured a similiar fate and corrected it? I'm out of ideas
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    Aug 23, 2010 10:55 AM GMT
    Depending on how far you run it is truly about conservation. It took me all summer to learn how to run a 5K again. I was going out too fast, even though it did not feel like it. So I had the make sure when I started I started out slow and steady and built up to the pace I wanted within the first mile.

    I would assume for the marathon you will need to look at slowing down the first part of the race to build on your endurance for the last few miles. Since I have not yet run a marathon I cannot be sure this is the problem.

    You will get there eventually and will feel good when you finally achieve a pace that is manageable all the way through, or even better a pace you work up to over the miles.
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    Aug 23, 2010 11:14 AM GMT
    To be blunt, it sounds like this is becoming an unhealthy obsession.
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    Aug 23, 2010 11:59 AM GMT
    I've included power yoga in my training and it took 15 minutes off my time without changing anything else. Also, I'm not sure what your training is like but I've found that increasing my weekly mileage a bit has helped. I've also included a 21-22 mile training run or ran at least two 20 mile training runs before my taper. Good luck with your next race.
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    Aug 23, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    i've never done more than a half marathon but i did bonk at km 17 from lack of fuel.
    how do you feel physically near the end ? Is it a lowering of will power in front of fatigue, huge lactic acid state and a feeling you'd like to be hooked to an oxygen tank ? :p .. or an actual physical shut down - with a weird feeling of hunger, weakness and witnessing your whole machine shutting down gradually ?
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    Aug 23, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    If your able to run a marathon, you clearly are an athlete.

    Don't devalue yourself like that.