But yet, I set a 15 min PR during my 15th marathon in Eugene, OR.
If I were you, the question that I would certainly be asking is: “
Consistent Miles: I’ve actually been in 3:10-3:13 marathon shape for a while, probably for the last 6-8 months or so. If it weren’t for the cramps@ RnR in January I could have ran fast then. The real issue was that I had only been running 55+ miles per week for a couple of months – two tops. For the Eugene marathon, I would not only run a lot of miles, but I would do it consistently. So, with the exception of a dip for Bronchitis, I ran 61 miles per week (on average) for two months. More miles isn’t the solution for everyone, but as long as you are healthy it has a very low chance of hurting your performance.
Marathon Pace / Tempo (Half marathon) Pace: Knowing your weaknesses is important to improving in any endeavor.
Listening to my body: Just like Forrest Gump said: If I was hungry, I ate. If I had to.....you know....I went. So, if my knee was sore going down steps, I cut it back for a day or two. As a result, I had two weeks that were half of my “normal” mileage. Just like if your car is making a funny noise, best to take care of it early before the tire falls off in the middle of the desert.
Perfect race day: Frankly, I had LUCK. Cloudy, no wind, 50 degrees. God himself couldn’t have ordered up a better race day.
Of course, there are other smaller changes that I made...it was the first race I ever negative split, we arrived into Eugene extra early to give my son time to get used to the hotel, I carried a handheld vs a waterbelt, etc etc... but from a running perspective I think those 5 things were the key to success and punching my ticket to Boston. They may not work for everyone, but they sure worked well for me!