Is it possible to hit the wall at mile 7?
I'm honestly very confused. I trained hard, felt like I could hold 6:40s at least until mile 16 but around mile 4 or 5 I began to really struggle with my pace. Yeah, it was hot, and the "rolling" terrain was kind of a shock but that couldn't have caused me to blow up so soon right?
Best way to describe it...My lower back tightened up. My legs shut down. I couldn't turn them over. Pace dropped steadily from 6:40s...to 7:15s...and up to the point where I was forced to walk past the halfway mark.
I jogged/walked until Heartbreak where I entered the medical tent just to make sure I wasn't dying...that's how weird this whole thing seemed to me.