Louisev. The answer to your sub3 question is yes. I had a similar story of a few lost years, and found myself running my three fastest marathons in the last year, and am now well past my 46th birthday (you didn't say how old you are). My advice would be to focus on building up steady consistent mileage around a half to get a champs time and then go for London in a couple of years well prepared for a marathon. Trying to do a full on marathon program from scratch with such a young kid is not easy and I am not convinced it is at all worth it. My kids are now around 10 or more (I am a man) and getting out the house is 1000x easier. Good luck!
Greetings all. I haven't posted here in a long time but wanted to wish you all well for London. I can never keep up enough to offer input, but enjoy following the everyday stories of running folk- makes me feel almost normal!
Hi guys. Great thread- I just skimmed through in last hour. Captures well the sad position I have reached where I no longer have any belief, and little interest, in the winners of endurance events. I am much more interested in the exploits of those who juggle mediocre talent with life, families and jobs and knock out a decent marathon once or twice a year.
For a long time I was muddled up with the rights and wrongs of drug taking/ boundaries etc. My simple framework to make sense of this is to remember that sport is kind of pointless, other than we all love heroes who take a great talent combined with a great work ethic and then deliver a great competitive performance on a big stage against the best in the world. If behind this and in total infringement of the rules needles, TUEs, blood bags in Spain, etc are employed, as well as inevitable and prolonged lying and lawyers, then in am no longer interested. More or less all of the rules are arbitrary, so either follow them all or don't participate. If gaining a 5-10% advantage through an elaborate drug program is somehow ok, then maybe those who don't want that route can just move their blocks 5-10m further up the 100m track.
So for me what we now have with athletics (and cyclying) is a sport on the same standing as professional wrestling. I am not sure how it recovers any integrity, and as such it is actually possible that in the next 10-20 years it will just disappear all together.
I will leave you all to get on with your discussion.
Charlie. Thanks for sharing. Interesting study- hope the data is useful for you. I do suspect at a population level folks like you may have diet and exercise patterns so extreme as to be mostly confounding to the study.
Charlie. Just out of curiosity, who is running this study that you are part of? And did they specifically recruit a cohort of "athletes" or are you being mixed up with all comers as part of the analysis?