FTP - You continue to disappoint me: It's not the bad language or poor BB ettiquete - I shall attribute that to low intelligence,up bringing or both.
What really disappoints me is that you have issued challenges and made claims that you can't substantiate.
Suzy, whilst these posts are interesting and there are many with multiple marathons under their belts who have caught the marathon bug, no one to date has posted who said they had achieved their desired time at the 1st attempt. If you really do want to achieve sub 5 you will need to go beyond 20 miles in training. Whether you take my advice or not is up to you and how much you really want to go below 5hrs.
I have made a note to check this thread again on the 28th October to see how you got on. Hopefully FTP the keyboard tourettes suffereer will have added some more classics by then too.
I never said Suzy should run for 5 hours; you have confused her target time with my continued view that she should run 20 miles in training, which would not take 5 hours. Others on this thread are talking about 2nd and more marathons, at which they have increased their mileage; experience has taught them that they need this otherwise why would they bother?
You have thrown the gauntlet down for a 6 x 1km challenge: your last post conveniently missed this point. Can I assume you are now retracting this challenge as you don't have the mental toughness/ ability ?
I look forward to you providing some substance rather than trying to mislead novice marathoners
Am I correct in deducing that you ran 19 miles this time in training but not previously? If so, it demonstrates that you also benefited from spending longer on your feet and allowed your body to experience the longer distance and gave your mind the mental toughness required to believe in yourself.
As far as the injuries theory goes, the more time/ miles you cover, provided it is sensibly built up over a period of time, the more your muscles and body adapts to the needs of endurance running.