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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.

Train To Your Current Fitness Level

On a related note, I think one of Hall’s current pitfalls is that he’s simply trying to train at a level he’s not yet at. After a phenomenal debut half marathon and marathon, Hall has been pushing the envelope trying to run faster and keep up with the record-breaking performances over the last year. However, there has been nothing to suggest in his racing that he’s fitter than a 2:08 or 2:09 marathon runner. Perhaps the worst thing that happened to his training was the 2:04:58 he ran at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Hall is trying to train as a 2:03 or 2:04 marathoner when he’s nowhere near that fitness level.

Your Takeaway
I wrote a few weeks ago about the dangers of setting arbitrary goal times. Too many runners, due to either lack of knowledge or unrealistic expectations, set goal times that are far outside their fitness level. Whether it’s stubbornly trying for a Boston qualifier or setting the sites on a barrier, like below 4 hours. Training for paces you’re not fit enough to handle is the easiest way to overtrain, get injured, and stagnate.

Base your training off your current physiological fitness and let your recent races tell you how fit you are and what your goals should be.

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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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