How does one take an hour off of marathon times?
How awesome does THAT sound? Impossible?
Hardly, I received an email earlier this morning from one of my newsletter subscribers. A 14-month veteran of running had just dropped over an hour off his marathon.
I have attached a few questions I had asked him about how he did it and Bill was gracious enough to agree to answer them.
Let me tell you, there is nothing more exciting than to here about runners hitting breakthrough and personal bests when they race.
I had numerous times where I didn’t set a best but was just as happy hearing about a close friend, teammate or someone else seeing the fruits of their labor pay off.
What I cannot stress enough is this, keep trying! When your tired of going, you think you don’t have any more in you…keep trying.
Bill was a 4.40.57 marathoner and today ran a 3.36.54 over a hilly course. So much for that myth that you have to find a ‘fast course’ to run a great time. I am extremely humbled to here Bill thinks this site helped him achieve a new best.
In addition, he dropped his half-marathon best from 1.56 to 1.44. Outstanding.
Here is Bill’s answers. Congratulations to Bill and let it be an example of just how powerful the mind and diligent work can be to your running. There is no substitute for this. Forget what the naysayers say about having to have ‘talent’.
It is only a small part of a much larger picture for athletic and personal success. Heart and drive will overpower talent. People think I have talent. Hardly, I pride myself on my work ethic and drive, what I have done in life has been on account of sweat, sacrifice and a strong support system…
…and hearing stories like this.
What can you tell the rundreamachieve community about your race experience?
What was your personal best for the marathon prior to the race?