How to Overcome Injury and still set a Marathon PR

There aren’t many people who can get injured during a marathon training cycle and still come away with a lifetime PR.  Training for a marathon is all-encompassing: there’s the miles, the nutrition, the sacrificing… And then there’s race day, where absolutely anything can happen.  

There are no shortage of reasons why marathons are hard and that’s what makes them so appealing to so many people.  One small hiccup can derail an entire race.  That’s why, when someone gets injured during marathon training, I get nervous.

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But Scott, apparently, is not everyone.  Scott came down with plantar fasciitis midway through his training, and while that would set most people back, it didn’t phase Scott.  Despite his painful arch, Scott continued to pound away on the bike and in the pool until his foot was healthy enough to get back to running.  

With only a few weeks remaining before it was time to taper, I had my doubts that the Steamtown Marathon would see Scott line up at its start line.  But wouldn’t you know it, not only did he get to the start line, he also set a lifetime PR.

“I was ahead of pace and running relaxed until Mile 22 when I got cramps in my hamstrings. I had to walk up a good portion of the three hills in the last three miles of the race. I “sprinted” in the last 1/4 mile to just about beat the 4:00 clock time. I was so spent the four people had to catch me as I crossed the line. My legs were knotted up in cramps but I had no injuries. My foot was not an issue. I wasn’t dehydrated (my nutrition and hydration planned worked well). While I didn’t BQ, I did get a PR.”

Full results from the Steamtown Marathon are here. Scott placed 997th overall (28th in a competitive 60-64 age group) with a time of 3:58:38.logo

At TrainwithMarc, we get super excited when we work with runners and we have to tell them to back off of training.  The go-getters are easily the funnest group to work with because they are so eager to do anything you throw at them.  The hardest part, naturally, is telling them that they’ve done enough and they can relax.  That’s absolutely the case with Scott. 
Moral of the story?  When in doubt, work your ass off.  Never give up hope. Never pity yourself and without fail, devote your full energy and attention to your running while you’re running.  If you can do those things, you have a fighting chance of running a marathon well.

In need of some marathon motivation? Check out these posts: Finding the purpose in each run, Racing to your full potential,  & Racing on tired legs.

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