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Will Clarke
Triathlon Running

I struggle in the back end of a marathon how do I hold on?

This is mostly about conditioning but also pacing. When you set off on a marathon your target pace will likely be pretty easy, so don’t get carried away and up the pace. If you’re still holding this ‘easy’ pace at the end then it’s likely that you’ll run a time that you’re happy with!

It’s 26.2 miles (or over 42km) after all, and the first half of the race should be very comfortable if you’re going to get to the end in good shape. Then it’s about conditioning; if you’ve been on a high mileage programme then you’ll find the distance a lot more comfortable. Be realistic with your expectations and be smart with your pacing.

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