This podcast is about the lack of respect that sub 5 hour marathoners get in running publications. My question is on whose authority does running a sub 4 hour marathon make you better than the sub 5 hour marathoner? There is really no answer to the question but this podcast explores some of that line of thinking.

The second part of the podcast focuses on a friend named Shannon who made a marathon PR by simply relaxing.

Music by Garageband, U.S. Marine Band, and the late Derek Miller's Penmachine

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  • Rich

    I enjoyed the discussion on the marathoners that run/finish between 4-5 hours. I haven’t attempted one yet, a half being my longest race, but my hats off to everyone who has completed a marathon.

    I do question whether a finisher, who for whatever reason plays out after say 18 miles and walks the last 8.2, is someone who has “run” marathon, in actuality you ran 18 miles and walked 8.2.

    On the other hand, I wholeheartedly am on board with a walk/run process and have seen benefits of this in my own longer training runs as I ramp up distance, or walking through water stops during a 99 degree 1/2 marathon to ensure proper hydration.

    Very good podcast Dave. Look forward to the next.

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm
  • Tom

    Here is my opinion on marathon times. Everyone’s relationship with the marathon is personal. If it is not, then you’re missing something. Each marathon brings different conditions, different courses, different training situations, etc. Each marathon finish is something special, finishing with a friend or spouse brings a different but equally great sense of satisfaction. Struggling through to the finish line on a “bad” day brings a sense self accomplishment (although maybe not immediately) & makes you tougher. Struggling through heat, floods, sub-zero temps all bring a different sense of personal satisfaction.

    I get a little misty eyed watching the biggest loser contestants finish their marathon at the end of the season, I know their pain (probably a lot more than mine) in getting to the finish line.

    Comparing marathon times is like comparing your kids, you shouldn’t do it.

    My new tag line - the marathon, it’s personal!

    Aug 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm