In order to separate and clarify the elements of breakthrough marathon performance, we need to acknowledge some of the most widespread problems.
Popular running culture tends to reflect the beliefs and priorities of the era that generates it.
The Way of Running delves into a world unknown to most runners: we have much more strength than we think.
Of course, the half-marathon is attractive to marathon runners because of its ease of recovery and to classic road runners because of its role as a springboard to the full marathon. But the half marathon (at 13.1 miles) is perhaps even more relevant to the 10K (at 6.2 miles) than the marathon (at 26.2 miles).
I once struggled with blowing up from heat exhaustion, lack of hydration and under-fueling but I finally figured it out. The more fit I became the stronger and quicker my adaptation to hot weather became. I adopted simple cooling methods like dousing with giant sponges drenched in icy water, ice hats and ice baths.