Saw this from Runner's World, talent + hard work = results
Yuki Kawauchi, surprise winner of the Boston Marathon earlier this week lives in a two-story suburban home with his mother and younger brother in Saitama Prefecture, about 34 miles north of Tokyo.
Since graduating from college, he's worked 40 hours a week (1pm-9pm Monday to Friday) in an office for the Saitama Prefectural government.
He answers phones, enters data, and collects tuition and meal payments.
As a government employee, he gets about 25 days off and uses most of them for racing and traveling.
Straitlaced and serious, Kawauchi spends most of his spare time running.
Four mornings a week, he'll log 18 to 20 kilometers (11 to 12 miles) over about two hours in a park near his house.
At night, he'll strength-train in his room with homemade equipment, using an old bike tube as an exercise band and a 33-pound weight bar from which he hangs his retired running shoes.
He does speedwork on Wednesdays and uses the weekend to make up some mileage.
He might hit mountain trails for anywhere from three to seven hours, but often, he competes.
Kawauchi targets monthly “main” races before which he'll run various distances in preparation.
Since 2010, Kawauchi has run an average of 12 Marathons and 10 Half Marathons per year. Add to that, about 15-20 other races (5k's, 10k's, 20k's, 50k's etc). Kawauchi tries to find a race most weeks and uses them for training.
[information from: Runner's World]