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Boston Marathon Reflections

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A few lessons hopefully learned from my Boston build-up and race:

  • 3 high intensity sessions in one week (4 weeks from race) was not a wise idea. The full impact of that week didn’t fully manifest until two weeks later and then I was cooked with two weeks from race day. Not where you really want to be both physically and mentally. I took a chance and paid for it.
  • Following my own unstructured program provided much freedom, maybe too much. The emotional push to crank it up a bit more when feeling good increased the crash-and-burn factor. I probably could have used an unemotional second set of eyes to cross-check my plan.
  • I don’t need to fuel in a standalone marathon like an Ironman triathlon marathon. I probably only need 100-150 cals per hour for a standalone 3-3.5 hr marathon. I was probably trying to put in closer to 200 cals and that only caused stomach issues. The intensity is just too high and this is not a 12-15 hour event. Duh!

Nothing like a solid growth opportunity!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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