Posted: 22/04/2015 at 19:27
'ark at you lot!. I go out to the expo, get snapped with the legends and you lot are having a lovely long discussion about training / improving marathons / the mind / the body / life / clichés / luck and all sorts of crazy stuff.
Firstly - I did a little Boston review Jokeyboy available to read here if anyone wants a peak. It's not that detailed I'm afraid http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/spring-marathon/sub-3/83683-5605.html
Lots of things have been said - firstly I used the phrase "train smart" - bit controversial as it people might think I'm saying if you don't train like me, you aren't training smart. That's not where i'm coming from.and I don't mean train economically so that you don't need to do as much. I guess what I mean is that training with purpose. I know some people who say to me, that they think if they run harder it will make them fitter / faster / better etc. Maybe true in certain sessions but with the marathon - my opinion is for the most - not. For me, that is not training smart.
Emmy has talked about knowing the body. She's spot on. I've been able to run sessions with less focus on the watch/numbers and more on feel / effort. Some days I'm more sluggish etc. I've been without the HR monitor for a couple of months. Will fire it up again in time for the next plan as have probably made some gains so i'll need to watch the data closer till I get the feel again.
Belief in yourself - damn right. But you have to be realistic. The guys are right to say I may have hedged my bets a bit to take smaller wins. But the marathon is bloody hard and the one thing about keeping my mind stable in such a long race is having a positive mental attitude. enjoyment is always the priority. That's the way I do things, I can't speak for anyone else. When I set my targets it's based on fitness, training all the usual things. I like to know I have hit all the bases. Gels on the belt, Aviators on my head, tight square pants, under the already lined short shorts (yes I like to lock that shit down). I reminded myself of the training, and the leg speed (my turn at Reading half 4 weeks ago) during the run the other day. It took my mind of the unbelievable quad pain and helped me push on down the road past others around me who appeared to be struggling. I trusted in my training. I believed that I had a good chance. At Abingdon, I doubted my training would get me through the full 26 at Sub3 pace. But I adjusted my target during the race, and ran as strong as possible, limiting the damage and staying positive. I was ecstatic with the finish. It was a small gain on my pb from 12 months before, and it wasn't sub3, but it was a win. I said to Dannir after the race, I tend to play blackjack as you have as much chance as everyone else - and he replied - that's why you don't play roulette - or something along those lines.
How to improve ..... working hard, is the way. But learn as you go, try to adapt, from other people, from experience, from knowing the body. The body is adapting as you improve - it's smart like that. You need to mix it up, go further, do an extra rep, run a double. I'm not sure it's possible to keep it where it is. it will get faster or slower, heavier or lighter.
One more thing I will say about the Race vs Training paces. Someone once said to me training is training - it's not a rehearsal. I always keep that in my mind and pass it on. I believe I get good race pace out of myself when I need it - during the race itself. When I try to run like this in training I find it very difficult - it's almost impossible, it feels way too fast. I wonder how I can produce that in a marathon (or a h