I wrote this article for RunBlogRun at the beginning of 2017 and I still believe it applies to 2018.
If you are beginning to develope a new hobby of collecting marathon finishers' medals like me, then some of the lessons below, learnt through experience and through sharing with other athletes, may be valuable to you as you seek to meet your goals.
|On my way to winning the Sportinglife 10K|
1. It is not necessarily the distances of the long runs you do that translate to running a good marathon, but the daily efforts you put in your training:
In 2016, I witnessed a friend who never did a long run of more than 30km the whole of the year and still managed to finish two local competitive marathons in Kenya by finishing 2nd and 7th and running a personal best time of 2:14:08.
The reason he could not do a longer run is because there was no vehicle to give him drinking water in his training, and so he decided to be doing two runs of 25km - 30km twice every week. He ran faster than other athletes who at times did up to 50km long runs.
2. Starting out a race too fast often results in running slower times in the end:
This is the one lesson that most runners often learn it the hard way. 42km is a long way and when you start it hard you will definitely find yourself hurting at 5km and wondering how and if you will ever end the remaining 37km!