The build up: My running buddy Leah, she of the 4:51 marathon PR, wanted to break four hours at this year's MCM. With eight weeks of training.
But do not believe that Leah cannot do what she sets out to do. For long runs during those weeks I think she ran a 14, a 16, an 18, a 20 and a 14, and then she pretty much took the last three weeks off.
Resting her legs, she said, which indeed does have value when near a marathon. She did run a six-miler with me early in the week leading up to it and I ran it hard, because I had been practicing my six-milers for weeks leading up to me jumping in with her during the last six miles of the marathon to help her out.
She had no problem keeping up, I was the one who had a problem keeping up with her. We ran a slow three miler later in the week, and I told her to do a couple of fast miles on Friday and that I'd see her at MP 19 on Sunday.