Here’s an interesting read for anyone who has ever trained for and runs marathons. There’s a lot of variables that go into running. Just when you think you’ve got it and you’re ready, you show up on race day and run your worst time. Trust me, it happens.
After training for four months (and preparing all year), I lined up last weekend at the start of an unseasonably warm Marine Corps Marathon, went out strong and well paced, and somewhere in the second half completely fell apart. Whatever the opposite of a PR is, that’s what I earned. It was my Personal Worst. I came in 45 minutes slower than my goal time, and nearly 30 minutes slower than any marathon I’ve ever run before. What happened? I wasn’t being realistic.
Source: What Happens If You Train All Year for a Marathon, and Fail Miserably? | Runner’s World
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Dr. Nick Campitelli
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.
Me too! Kansas City, 2016. #14, PW. I went PR or ER on a day that started at 65F and 30mph winds! I reached the same conclusion in my blog post.