Posted: 06/04/2016 at 14:40
Cheers Eggy - I totally underestimated the mental part. It's hard to keep training for marathon PBs throughout the whole year and not burn out!!
Well done for entering Paris again - a good target race as any given what a great support network there is
You can run more than one marathon a year but you need to pick and choose your battles (in all your distances). Some races you should use to gain experience and concentrate on a good execution. It's not possible to run a PB every time apart from when you are on your big up-curve of improvement (2013 for me). Last year was kind of my "Olympic" year, and I managed to drag the best out of myself for 6 or 7 of my many races .... this year I'm still running races and looking to do well, but I've an eye on 2017 for attacking some of my personal records again. I guess I'm talking about peaks and troughs. You need to keep yourself interested to keep coming back and having a go at all the training. If you have too many bad days it can be a bit demoralising.