I found an interesting interview on Cool Running. Don Allison interviewed Jim Garcia and Kevin McGovern prior to the 1997 World Challenge 100 km Championships in Winschoten, Holland. One interesting comment from Jim Garcia was that the critical miles for him in races are 30 to 35 miles. I find that interesting because all of my problem runs became a problem between about the marathon point and 50k. My thought (I wouldn't call it a conclusion) is that maybe if I can consistently get through this section and maybe a few more miles, that the rest of the race will follow suit.
Speaking of Jim Garcia, let me just apologize for not following his excellent advice to
- Work on your speed.
- Do back-to-back long runs on weekends.
- Never wear the same shoes more than two days in a row.
- Do sit-ups.