Always slowing down at the end of a race?
Sometimes it’s just a mistake at the beginning of the race (uh, see: my last marathon). But, what if it’s beginning to feel less like a mistake and more like a habit? You’re always fading those last few miles even when you start right on target.
If I was your coach, first I’d look at your workouts. If you’re slowing down at the end of every workout, you’re likely to do the same on race day. You need to practice pushing back when fatigue, panic, and healthy-pain sets in. At the same time, you want to recover quickly after every workout or you’re at risk for overtraining, burnout, and missing extended training. So what’s the solution?
Progression runs physically and mentally train you to resist The Dreaded Fade without the demand of other harder efforts. Read how new and advanced runners can use progression runs to supplement their training without going overboard.