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549 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2013 1:37 AM by DaveVause RSS
minimalist200 Rookie 1 posts since
Dec 4, 2013
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Dec 4, 2013 9:07 AM

What can i do to avoid hitting the wall during a marathon?

I have only run one marathon so far but a few miles after the halfway point I was unable to keep the same pace i held for that long. Is there anything I should do the days before, the morning before, and during the marathon to prevent that from happening?

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,481 posts since
    Nov 20, 2007

    Most issues are pacing issues!  So make sure you run the correct pace early in the race.  I like to carb load 3 days out I am 150 lbs so my wife will give me around 650 grams of carbs a day for the 3 days before a race.  Fueling during the race for me I take a gel every 40-50 mins with water and take a slip of sport drink the aid station between my gels!  Biggest issue is to pace correctly based on your fitness level!  If you go out to fast it will be a long last 10K!  Good luck

  • shipo Legend 340 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
    • First piece of advice, start slower; as BOSNPM suggested, you're going out too fast for your level of fitness.
    • Second, I would suggest you start logging a lot more miles and include, at the very least, two 90-120 minute runs per week into your training plan.
  • Julie Ann Hackett Legend 221 posts since
    Nov 20, 2007

    Not sure what your training plan was but you might want to try something different if the one you followed left you feeling tired at the half way point.  Active has lots of great training plans for various fitness and distance goals.  I agree with the previous posts that you probably need to adjust your pace.  I'd suggest a Garmin or other sports watch to help with that.  I'm a horrible judge of how fast I'm going and my Garmin has been a huge help with keeping a steady pace for long distances.

  • DaveVause Community Moderator 1,447 posts since
    Jul 9, 2007

    In addition to what has been said before, particularly about starting off slowly, your training program should have one or more long runs of 18-22 miles 1-2 months before your event. Gel supplementation can help. But, most frequently, runners run the first 12 miles too fast.

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