to piggy back here, you dont have to hit the wall, people hit the wall either due to poor training, poor racing, or both.
the reason it is so common is there are many things that can go wrong in a race and in your training. Some things are beyond your control like weather and its often hard to pinpoint what caused what when you are talking about a physical activity that spans several hours that you spent months training for. In addition, it is tough to know how your body and mind will react in the race conditions until you have experienced it once or twice.
i have done 12 marathons and i have learned something in each, many of these lessons have been painful and disappointing. Lucky #13, however, will be the one where i dont learn anything but apply all the past lessons and have a killer race.
Some of the races give these awesome results/stats called racepix. There is one stat in particular I call the "truth teller."
It shows how many people you passed and how many passed you over the last 4 or 5 miles. This is what it is all about. Either you are the guy (or gal) passing people over the last few miles or you are getting passed over the last few miles. When you are on the right end of the equation it is awesome. But you don't get there by accident. You have to run with discipline and within your limits to make it happen.
Posting here a little late, but I just joined this group today. So, this can double as an intro.
I was training for a marathon last year and had a training setback with a broken foot. I missed all of July training and Aug and Sep were at reduced mileage while I waited for the pain to go away. I still ran the Marathon in early Nov but finished a little slower than I would have liked.
After the marathon I decided to build my own training plan based on Lydiard principals. So, I have been doing this since the third week of Nov with a cutback week about every third week.
Sun - 90 min
Mon - 60 min
Tue - 90 min
Wed - 60 min
Thu - 2 hr
Fri - rest
Sat - Whatever the Galloway group I run with does
Most all these runs to date were at EZ pace and I run a double of 30 to 40 min at recovery or EZ pace Sun through Thu. This week I started adding some tempo on Sun and MP on Tue.
So far this is working very well. My Marathon time in Nov was 3:50 (8:44 pace). I ran a half marathon on 7 Jan after around 50 days on this plan in 1:35 (7:17 pace).
I plan to keep doing the same thing with the added tempo and MP work to see how far this gets me. At some point I will probably start adding some speedwork but not until I stop improving doing what I am doing now. I have a marathon planned in Apr and then another in Nov.
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