Can EVERYONE get to Boston, if they work their ass off and train hard enough???
My answer to this is, from what I've learned as a coach, and as a 14-year marathoner, is probably not. Contrary to what one may think that all it takes is a lot of sacrifice and more blood, sweat and tears than you've ever done before (and yes, it DOES take that), I hate to say it but that may just not be enough. There's that little thing called genetics that can sometimes make us reach certain speeds and that's it - go ahead, curse your parents.
I'm not saying everyone can't get faster. You absolutely can. I am proof of that - for eternity I couldn't get my marathon time to stop hovering a few minutes, give or take, around that 4-hour mark. And it wasn't until I started doing things differently in my training that I was able to get to that 3:45 time - but approximately 30-40% of our speediness is hereditary and we can only do 60-70% work to get faster.
And this tidbit of info got me to thinking, after a little shove from a certain fellow blogger when I was
I've never wanted to come across as a know-it-all - because I don't, I never will, and I'll never pretend I do. But maybe, I could sometimes use my blog not only as a place to carry fellow manic runners along with me in my running journey but maybe to also discuss a few things I've learned along the way - as a running coach, personal trainer and from my own personal experiences.
I could write more about those darn genetics our parents gave us, what I did differently when I BQ'd, weight training, supplements, recovery, diet, my beloved protein spinach smoothie ... Not every post, but maybe once a week...or month.
The mailbag's open for suggestions.