28 Nov '14, 12pm

Runner tries rhythmic breathing technique – and snags a PR.

*Editors Note: This article originally appeared on menshealth.com . It is being reprinted here with permission. If it weren't for the pain in my legs and my quickly deteriorating coordination, I might appreciate the words of encouragement. They're all around me at mile 20 of the Philadelphia Marathon. "You're kicking ass!" reads one sign. "Great job—almost there!" yell spectators. And from speakers somewhere overhead I hear the Rocky theme song, "Gonna Fly Now."

 All lies.
 "Looking great!" prod course volunteers (another lie) as I pause at an aid station to shake out the knots rippling through my quads and hamstrings. After pounding the pavement for 2 1/2 hours, every bunny hill feels like an Everest and every mile seems longer than the last. I've hit the wall. Hard.

 Six miles later, I drag myself to a 3:25 finish. It's not terrible-—many would call it respectable—but ...

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