I'm 42 years old and I ran a 2:24 London Marathon and finished 33rd after only starting running 3 and a half years ago.I go through my training and how I did...
Interesting, but mainly because of how conventional it is. No hacks or "one simple trick", just run good volume, doubles, build up a massive aerobic base. Training for a marathon isn't rocket science.
The but that made me laugh was when he said he didn't do interval training... except for the five weeks when he went to the track to do 10x1km. Good on him, he's clearly got talent to run 2:24 at that age
Biggest trick was having the right parents conceive him 42+ years ago.
Ran 2.28 6 months ago in his first ever marathon. So 3 years, sub 2.30, from zero base.
I wonder how close to his peak potential he could get. On one hand, yeah, he’s 42. But he’s also fresh out the shop as far as mileage is concerned - zero wear and tear.
Zero to sub-2:30 at age 42+. Yeah right! Coached by Jama Aden?
I find that interesting. I would have thought that he has more room for improvement than someone who has been running all of his life!
Not inconceivable. When I was a young man I started running in earnest. After 6 months of 60 to 80 mile weeks with no speedwork (I just ran fast when I felt like it) I ran 2:51. I increased my distance to 100 110 miles, still with no speedwork (same deal) and ran 2:33 8 months later. The next year increased to 110 miles and ran 2:26 at 20 years old. I basically didn't know what I was doing and looking back, I just shake my head.
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