Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:25
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