Sorry for the delay and I really do apologise for not replying. This is just a quick "hello" and I hope that everyone is doing really well! I'll try to catch up but i'm off to the UK early tomorrow for the next round of races.
My two cents here: I think its a lot about training but also about mixing it up. Using the same strategy and plan over and over again doesn't work for me. My sub 4 came off the back of losing weight, upping my mileage/changing my training and also eating right. There's a regular in the marathon community that says getting the result that you want comes on the back of: how much do you want it? How much are you willing to give to achieve it.
On another edge of the sword - I think that after running as many marathons as I have; it's given me a completely different perspective on what my body can achieve and when. It took 45 marathons for me to really understand my body post 20 miles and what I could do and how long I could hold something.
If I look at Paris as a prime example. I realised what my body was telling me around 15-16k and took my foot off the pedal and kept it easy. I think that was the only reason I was able to complete it because I knew what it was telling me and knew what I could and could not push it to do. I'm not saying everyone should run 100 marathons but I think that listening to your body during training and being acutely aware of the signs that your body gives you is invaluable during the marathon to know what you're able and not able to do on the day.
Sometimes its your day and sometimes it's not.
HIAHS - I think what you've been able to achieve is awesome. You're an inspiration to me for what someone can achieve on the multi marathon front.... let's not get started on Natty who has also proven what can be achieved whilst running multi day events!
I'm going offline for a few days. Back on Sunday Have a great weekend everyone!
RR - I would talk about pants but I don't wear them when I run :P
Mattley - I've done quite a bit of pilates and core exercises as part of a general gym routine and that seems to work for me. I think it's all about mixing it up and not doing the same thing over and over.
PC - I think your new thread stuff is great. Champs Elysees is spelt wrong (a small thing). Is it too early to start the countdown?
I really want to go to Paris again next year but I'm not loving the idea of another winter's training on the same boring flat routes. Something would have to change and it's not yet clear what that is. I would like some company on the long runs and some different routes.
HeatherS - do you fancy a running buddy for some long runs next year? We could swap stories about our feet traumas?
You could do what I do... run marathons as training runs Plenty of friendly support on the run and you get lots of medals