No, I have never run a marathon and don't think I will ever consider it. Transcript: "Have I ever run a marathon, and would I ever consider it? I've never run a marathon and don't think I'll consider. it's just not something that I'm interested in. Interestingly, when I was a sprinter, the longest I ever ran when I was training was one mile. Every year, at the beginning of the year in our off-season training, Coach would have us run a mile. And we thought that was serious distance. And I used to see people out running, and I would think, why would anyone ever want to do that? It looks boring. But after I finished and retired from my career, I found myself really enjoying running. So for many years after I retired from my athletic career I, did go out for, you know, three-, four-mile runs a couple of times a week. Now I hike more than I do running. But no, just not interested in the marathon."
No, I have never run a marathon and don't think I will ever consider it.
When I started my professional career in 1990, I began training more specifically for the 400 meters and eventually broke the world record in 1999. My keys to success were focusing on my 200-meter performance throughout college and then using that as a foundation to shift my focus to the 400 meters, and running 4x100 and 4x400 relays to get used to the race distance.
As a 200/400-meter sprinter, my longest distance was 400 meters. To prepare for this, I worked on speed endurance and endurance in my training, and focused on doing sets of 350 meters with very short rest periods to maximize the effects of the training.
I don't run anymore, but I do some strength training in the gym three days a week and mix in some cardio one or two more days a week. I also enjoy hiking, biking, cycling, and paddleboarding.
Training for sprinting hasn't changed much in the last 20 years, but now coaches have access to more information and technology. Recovery has become a bigger part of athletes' training, as well as strength, mobility, flexibility, and technique being emphasized more.
Training and working on the 200 meters can help with your 400 meters, depending on the type of athlete. It can provide confidence and speed which could improve your 400-meter performance.