A few months ago I shared my half marathon comparison picture.... heres my Marathon comparison!
The picture on the left is of me running the Cork City Marathon in 2015 and the second is of me doing the Amsterdam Marathon last October. Neither image is bad but from a performance point of view I think it is clear which body type is better to improve at running
In 2015 I was doing a lot of weight lifting, probably too much and it was never all that structured, and my running, while I was putting in 6 days a week, again wasn’t focused towards the task at hand. As you can see in the picture on the left my upper body is quite bulky and for a runner this extra weight, is counter productive. I ran a time of 3hours 15 min but I knew to get better I had to train smarter.
I changed my training methods, and have learned a huge amount through research and study. I strength train twice a week, with a specific focus on exercises that will benefit my performance and build the body that is optimal for running and in my running sessions I focus on specific sessions for the race I am targeting. This also keeps the training fresh and changes from week to week!In the picture on the right I am 4kg lighter but my ratio of fat:muscle is far better, I am in fact stronger, more mobile, leaner, and yes.... faster. In the second picture I am on my way to a 2:46 marathon
Its not about training harder.... its about training smarter - 25 minutes ago