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Training had its risks -- and rewards

Boston Marathon's top American hopefuls pushed each other through ups and downs

Updated: April 18, 2010, 11:29 AM ET
By Justin A. Rice | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- For top American marathoners Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall, the benefits of high-altitude training in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., are counterbalanced by the risk of navigating slippery snow and ice.

Coming off the first New York City Marathon victory by an American since 1982, Keflezighi was clearing snow off his car in late January when he slipped and fell on black ice, tweaking his left knee and derailing his training for several weeks.

"I was like, 'I hope nobody saw that,'" ...

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