I agree with Joe Z...the marathon simply does not suit every runner's temperment. Each runner should carefully assess their own particular strength. Is it in the 5k? 10k? Half or full marathon? The act of running a marathon does not necessarily make one a runner...if you know what I mean.
The people who do well at the 26.2 distance possess the following attributes: their fundamental makeup is typically steady & methodical; willing to plan and prepare; able to parcel training into manageable days, weeks and months; not afraid of discomfort; don't become unglued upon setbacks in training or during the race itself, and doggedly determined to reach any goal they set their sights on.
You'll notice I said nothing about body type. Marathoners may be short or tall, skinny or full-figured, young or old, athletic or unathletic. Just watch any 26.2 mile race and you will see the full parade of body types. But within this impressive variety of physical forms are the shared mental attributes I've listed in the previous paragraph. If this sounds like you, run on.
It is a beautiful thing.
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