So the mystery is why couldn't I cash in on my training and run a marathon equivalent to my short race times? If anything I was in better shape than I was two years ago, yet I wasn't even close to matching my marathon performance from then and that itself was also an underperformance. Why was I able to comfortably run 13.1 miles at 6:59 pace on the towpath 5 weeks ago and barely holding 7:30's on the towpath two days ago? What the heck happened to me?
If you have some time and feel like doing an archeological dig into my training here's a link to my log.
Some ideas mrp and I have bandied about:
- crappy taper
- not long enough long runs
- life stress
- still nursing
Otherwise, we have no idea. I really want to know what happened. Any ideas or insight would be greatly appreciated!
PS This is not a bitter I should have run faster post! I did my best and I am happy with it. I am just trying to figure out why my best was much slower than all indicators seemed to suggest (at least what the suggested before Akron).