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There is definitely good work being done. There have always been people out there putting in that much work. The difference I see is in raw numbers of people doing that. Back in the 80s, there were a lot of people out there doing what Beardsley was doing. A few, like Beardsley himself, broke through. In the 90s, especially the late 90s, and into the early 2000s, the number of people doing that dropped. With the Hansons, Mahon's group, and a few others, we're seeing a return in the number of runners putting in that work.
When you put in that kind of work, there is no guarantee. Just because you do the work doesn't mean you're going to run a 2:05 or even 2:10 marathon. Some will break through, even more won't. What we need to see is numbers. If enough people are out there putting in the work, a few will break through. If only a small number are out there putting in the work, only one or two here and there will break through. In the 80s, there were relatively many breaking through because there were dozens of runners trying to break through and putting in the work to do so. Then, came a lull where not so many were putting in the work and only the occasional runner broke through. Now, we're seeing more runners putting in the work again and we're getting a few more showing up on the podium again.