Here is what happened to me: last year, I cramped up badly at the Quad Cities marathon and had to walk the last 2 miles.
This year, I didn't cramp, and ran my last 10K over 15 minutes faster than last year. The main reason I think:
1) higher weekly milage. 2) aiming for a slower finishing time.
The main mistake I made is that, the year before, I aimed for the marathon time that was predicted from my half marathon time. But, I can't even come close to my marathon "predicted potential" by only running 40 miles per week. This "Marathon and Beyond" (June/July, I think) has a realistic "projected marathon time" table which is based not only on your times for shorter races, but also on your weekly milage. when I aimed for the marathon goal that I got from this table, I had no trouble.
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