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Lessons Learned From Ryan Hall’s NYC Marathon Withdrawal

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Oct. 28, 2013
Ryan Hall has not finished a marathon in almost two years.


It seems that the injury cycle has gotten the best of the American marathoner.

In case you haven’t heard, one of America’s premier talents in the marathon, Ryan Hall, has withdrawn from the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. Unfortunately for Hall, this is the third consecutive major marathon he’s pulled out of, and prior to that, he dropped out of the London Olympics due to a hamstring injury. He hasn’t finished a marathon in nearly two years.

For those of us who have struggled with injury and poor performances, we can relate to Hall’s misfortune and understand how difficult this must be for him. However, I also think we can glean some important lessons from Hall’s hardship.

In this article, we’ll outline three key training principles you can learn from Hall’s marathon struggles and how you can apply them to your training.

Please note: I do not have insider knowledge of Hall’s specific training methods. I used publicly available information from interviews, races and conversations with those in the inner circles of elite running. Regardless of Hall’s actual specific workouts, the advice to follow holds true.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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