An interesting concept here in doing this, Stone Cutter, and some interesting comments already. I say “interesting” because I am not quite sure how things will go here. Your intentions seem genuine and in a vein of helpfulness, but I do feel as if I have been forced off of the other thread...just being honest here. But, I do not want to dwell on that, as excellence in running is my aim (always has been...that and a little fun, too).
As long as things proceed here in a spirit of decency and “running fellowship” (and dare I say love...I am a Christian, after all), I will be happy to hear what you have to say and discuss things. I say this only becuase I am tired of being harassed over things such as a decimal point. I do not mind you guys being frank or direct with me, but some things are downright disrespectful. I mean, what is wrong with being precise? I tend to be a precise guy anyway, but after being badgered the way I have been on occasion, I have learned to be precise. For instance, I view my neighborhood runs (and one or two other routes) as being flat, and my other runs, “out in the hills,” to be hilly, and so I make this distinction not to get on anyone’s nerves, but to cite the difference, as there is a notbale training difference in the routes...they run differently.
So, with that out of the way I have some inital thoughts.
When I look at what others around me are doing (here on this forum, in my local area, etc.), I see a lot of guys and gals doing what has been popularized over the last couple of decades...in a nutshell, polarized training with lots of easy pace running and a then workouts mixed in, maybe 1-2 times per week. There is structure and periodization, too. I also see a lot of people not even coming close to their goals, especially in the marathon, and so I say to myself: why should I change? Here in my local area, I see most people doing much the same, and yet I am beating virtually all of them at races—people who used to beat me. In fact, when I see them, they smile and congratulate me, and some of them even shake their heards in amazement in how I have improved as a runner. They are very kind, and I appreciate their kindness very much. So, again, what gives here? Why aren’t they improving, doing the this x that track workout, and the easy-paced jogging for recovery, etc.? In fact, and I am being very honest here, some of these peole have *regressed* in their race performance, AND nearly all of them are younger than I am. So, what gives?
As I have said already, Stone, you have great mind for running, and I would pick you as a coach or advisor over anyone I know. But, I admit that I have a certain trepidation when I see people doing what I see as being similar training, and not improving. What is going on here? Am I missing something? Please inform me. If I can be the sub-2:40 guy you think I am, I would follow your suggestions without and issue. Seeing that recent synopsis of my last three marathon builds (avg. pace), I have started to think I can do what you say I can, or at least perhaps get 2:40:29 (Hi, Allen!), but these other people failing in their efforts gives me pause, esp. since I have had good success in the last two years. Am I just different than they are? Is that what you are suggesting, Stone? Again, please inform me,
All the best to you guys (and gals?) posting here...