>General Running>NYT: Modern Marathoners Have Fewer Miles on Them
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
What does that say about the various marathon training programs?
“It says that they all work,” Ms. Bakoulis said.
I for one am tired of hearing crap like this. I've seen the same type of discussions on other forums on how the "non-elite" runners are ruining the sport.
You'll ruin your knees!
Where does it say that? Why do people get so worked about about this? There's a big difference between training to race and training to finish, and most of the growth in marathons has been with people who just want to finish. What's the problem with that?
""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)
When you're on your deathbed, you won't be wishing that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will be wishing that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
... modified to add: I realize this isn't what the article is about,
Hmmm... training to race vs. training to finish.
Seems to me there is a huge gap between these two that most of us actually fall into...training to PR!
'07: 1324.5 | '08: 1561 | '09: 1810.9 run ~ 208.7 bike | '10: 1,000.3 run ~ 3513.5 bike | '11: 710.3 run ~ 4157.9 bike '12: 659.9 run ~ 3365.6 bike (100% benched by ortho last 4.5 weeks while in long-arm cast)
• DON'T BREAK ANYTHING!!!
• get within 5#s of 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
• 1st olympic distance duathlon
• 1st Iceman Cometh mtn bike race
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• punch Type 1 in the junk
To me, going for a PR IS racing. Personally, any time you toe the line in an event called a race, I'd say you're racing. You're racing the people around you, yourself, the clock. A race is different than a training run in that it's something that you use as a goal, and you go out with the intention of giving it your all, your best effort possible on that day.
That's what racing is. It's not something done by a select few. It's something done by everyone who pays their fee and crosses that starting line.
Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." - Joe Henderson
That's simply not the case. I would bet that 99% of the runners, whether they finish in 3 hours or 6 hours, are "hellbent on crossing the finish line in the fastest time possible."
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