Eliud Kipchoge’s Training Group: Training Structure and Attitude 

Eliud Kipchoge’s Training Group: Training Structure and Attitude 

A fartlek session scheduled to start at 6:15am and follow the dirt roads through the maize fields would frequently be indefinitely postponed, called on at 9:00am, and stick to the main road running towards Eldoret. Whether or not the dirt roads were dry enough was often a tenuous call. We were shocked by the conditions on some of the sessions that did follow the dirt roads, with cakes of mud accumulating on shoes and the group frequently shifting into a single file formation as they navigated the path of least resistance through the puddles and ruts across the road.

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Life For A Kenyan “Outsider” (Many Sub 2:10 Marathoners)

Life For A Kenyan “Outsider” (Many Sub 2:10 Marathoners)

Eliud Kipchoge trains under Global Sports Management, a Dutch based management company. Global have a compound in Kaptagat where most of the athletes under management live. The few managed athletes that reside elsewhere tend to be the more successful athletes, such as Eliud, who can afford their own housing. These managed athletes have close relationships with coaches and are also sponsored without exception. There are staff in the compound who clean and cook, and the athletes have access to a physiotherapist.

Our principal reason for being in Kenya was to follow Eliud, and the Global squad, in the lead-up to his attempt at the world record in the Berlin Marathon. Despite seeing Eliud frequently in training, the majority of our contact with athletes in the Kaptagat area was with another group of athletes living near our accommodation in the Jobb Centre area. Many of these athletes are not under management and come to Kaptagat of their own accord, training with the managed groups in order to try to join their ranks.

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Eliud Kipchoge’s Training Group: Training Structure and Attitude 

Eliud Kipchoge’s Training Group: Training Structure and Attitude 

A fartlek session scheduled to start at 6:15am and follow the dirt roads through the maize fields would frequently be indefinitely postponed, called on at 9:00am, and stick to the main road running towards Eldoret. Whether or not the dirt roads were dry enough was often a tenuous call. We were shocked by the conditions on some of the sessions that did follow the dirt roads, with cakes of mud accumulating on shoes and the group frequently shifting into a single file formation as they navigated the path of least resistance through the puddles and ruts across the road.

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Life For A Kenyan “Outsider” (Many Sub 2:10 Marathoners)

Life For A Kenyan “Outsider” (Many Sub 2:10 Marathoners)

Eliud Kipchoge trains under Global Sports Management, a Dutch based management company. Global have a compound in Kaptagat where most of the athletes under management live. The few managed athletes that reside elsewhere tend to be the more successful athletes, such as Eliud, who can afford their own housing. These managed athletes have close relationships with coaches and are also sponsored without exception. There are staff in the compound who clean and cook, and the athletes have access to a physiotherapist.

Our principal reason for being in Kenya was to follow Eliud, and the Global squad, in the lead-up to his attempt at the world record in the Berlin Marathon. Despite seeing Eliud frequently in training, the majority of our contact with athletes in the Kaptagat area was with another group of athletes living near our accommodation in the Jobb Centre area. Many of these athletes are not under management and come to Kaptagat of their own accord, training with the managed groups in order to try to join their ranks.

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David Rudisha: Strength Training

David Rudisha: Strength Training

One of the most surprising things we learnt in our month in Iten, was that David Rudisha and his training group don’t do much weight training at all. As described in the individual typical training day articles..

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David Rudisha: Diet

David Rudisha: Diet

The Kenyan diet is definitely one factor for their success. Almost everything is organic in Kenya.. Straight from the ground. Very little of the food they consume is processed.

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David Rudisha’s Training Group: 17 Week Training Diary

David Rudisha’s Training Group: 17 Week Training Diary

A few important points about the below 17 week training diary from St Patrick’s Athletics Group. #1 (most important): Almost all of the times and paces below might not seem overly impressive at first. The reason for this is the hills and track surface in Iten. Every single run – high run, fartlek – is on a hilly loop.

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David Rudisha: Strength Training

David Rudisha: Strength Training

One of the most surprising things we learnt in our month in Iten, was that David Rudisha and his training group don’t do much weight training at all. As described in the individual typical training day articles..

read more
David Rudisha: Diet

David Rudisha: Diet

The Kenyan diet is definitely one factor for their success. Almost everything is organic in Kenya.. Straight from the ground. Very little of the food they consume is processed.

read more
David Rudisha’s Training Group: 17 Week Training Diary

David Rudisha’s Training Group: 17 Week Training Diary

A few important points about the below 17 week training diary from St Patrick’s Athletics Group. #1 (most important): Almost all of the times and paces below might not seem overly impressive at first. The reason for this is the hills and track surface in Iten. Every single run – high run, fartlek – is on a hilly loop.

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