Built to Last The most underrated 'talent' for distance running success is durability. By Greg McMillanPublished May 21, 2013
I always thought I was talented. I won my state championship in the mile. I ran 53 seconds for 400m and my VO2 max was tested at more than 76 ml/kg/min (quite high). I was also driven, loved training and was competitive. And even at a young age, I accepted that running success was about work over time -- over months and years, not days and weeks. I had it all except one crucial component: durability. I was hurt all the time.