Improving Marathon Performance – Why?
Beyond your first marathon, all your experiences running are going to be improving your marathon performance.
But what if you could get the improvements without needing to experience the pain?
Read on to find out these shockingly simple tweaks to improve your running out of sight…
My last official marathon, I ran with a partially torn calf muscle, and it took me 4 hours 19 minutes.
It was painful, but it was what I had expected.
I then recently ran a training marathon and I did a lot worse – my back got very sore, and I think I bonked (hit the wall) badly at about the 30 km mark, although I didn’t realise that at the time. What that did was make my back feel a lot worse than it actually was, because I was completely negative, grumpy, and in pain.
The last training marathon I did, I changed several things to help me with improving marathon performance, and experience. I ended up running an unofficial time of 3:57. An improvement of 22 minutes, from a few simple changes to strategy.
These marathon improvements were:
- Making changes from training to race
I will describe what I did, and how I believe it helped me to knock 22 minutes off my run time and make the run much more enjoyable. These tips are applicable no matter what stage of running you are at (although come into play particularly with marathon distance or possibly half marathon).