This is what happens when your legs aren’t ready.
Perhaps my worst race in more than 3 years. I have never hurt so early in a marathon; at 16 miles I went up a slight incline and realized that my legs were already feeling very shredded. Oh, no….
The last 6 or so miles were a death march. Not lying. Quite a few 8 minute miles (where I told myself that i was just doing one of those “survival jog” cool downs when you really hurt after a long/hard workout), a lot in the 7’s. You rack up a lot of time when you’re running that slowly!
It wasn’t because I went out too fast and it wasn’t because of conditions (35 mph winds at the start, flooding rains). I truly believe that my legs just weren’t ready because they haven’t done anything of substance in the last 7-8 weeks. I have to go back to my training log (need to fill in the gaps, I’ve been neglecting this… which is almost my #1 rule!) to see what the average has been over the last 2 months and 3 months. I think I’ll be surprised at how low it is. I’m certain that the last 7 weeks were something like 70-50-NYC week (50?)-97-70-50-CIM week (25 or so). That is really low for someone who is a strength and mileage runner. I also noticed that I was definitely not overall strong either (especially noted in my core), which again, is due to the taper/re-taper thing (and totally my fault). I cut out strength 2 weeks before NYC and never really picked it up again afterwards. I know better than that – I am someone who absolutely relies on that overall strength/lean build to power me through.
I will write much more tomorrow, but wanted to at least post something in case y’all were wondering :).