Any runner reading these words might surmise that Sell would not run particularly well in Boston. I do not intend to pick on Brian Sell. He is an accomplished runner, and he got some great results from his training. I could be wrong to speculate that Sell could have run better, or run well longer, by changing up his training so that he enjoyed it more. But I do not think so.
It bears mentioning that while Sell felt weary and old at age 30 in the Olympic Marathon, the winner of the women’s marathon in Beijing, Constantina Dita-Tomescu, whom I will mention again in Chapter 4, was 38, and the silver medalist behind her, Catherine Ndereba, was 36.
Interestingly, Ndereba, the most accomplished female marathon runner in history, runs less mileage than most elite marathoners and significantly less than Sell, peaking at 100 miles per week. In a 2007 interview for the New York Road Runners Web site, Ndereba said: What I do is what is comfortable. I can only handle what I can handle. It does not bother me that my opponents are running 120 or 130 miles. There are different amounts of mileage that each individual can handle. If I go over 100 miles in one week, the following week I feel like, Wow, I’m done.
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