This is a superb article. Well-written, to the point and full of apparent throwaway lines that are actually golden advice, from someone with a commendable track record of being a very good (if not elite) athlete.
One line that I feel I have to expand on is the comment on working on the core. As a distance runner and personal fitness coach, I feel this is a hugely important but very neglected area. In general, runners are very bad at doing correct core work in the gym. You would be surprised how much work the elites spend on core strength and balance. It is vital when you are tired in a distance event to maintain good running form, not just to maximise performance but especially to avoid injury.
I tried to tell my father (ex-international athlete from the 70s) about this, but like most athletes from that era, he has a seeming phobia of gyms and even when I presented him with the video evidence of Galen Rupp doing 100s of reps on the Bosu Ball and dynamic lunges with medicine balls, he said "Oh I bet they don't do that much compared to running".
In my view, athletes training for the marathon would do better to fully digest the above article rather than worry about the minutiae of a training plan that has not been tailored for them.
Posted: 06/12/2013 at 10:21