My first marathon, January 1983. I’ve since worked with hundreds of athletes. So much has changed, so little has changed.
Biggest changes include aesthetics, comfort and ease for your training and tour. Less work, immediate results, looking fly while doing it.
What hasn’t changed in 34 years is one of the most basic principles of marathon running.
No less than the master himself, Jim McLatchie, insists on 10 days off following a marathon.
Recovery at the cellular level. Micro tears in the muscles. Emotional recovery. Mental recovery.
Depends what you want out of the marathon. Depends on what you put into the marathon.