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A three-hour cruise? Not exactly ...

Updated: September 26, 2013, 12:19 PM ET
By Henry Abbott | ESPN.com

ESPN.com TrueHoop blogger Henry Abbott set out to run last month's Philadelphia Marathon in less than three hours. This is how it went.

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s the race approached, I printed out three pace bands. One for a first slow five miles, followed by running on pace until mile 20, then a fast close. That scheme is highly recommended by a friend who is a coach and has used it many times. I printed another for negative splits where the first half is just slightly slower than ...

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