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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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The End Of Season Rest Periods Of The World’s Best Athletes

The End Of Season Rest Periods Of The World’s Best Athletes

Renato Canova: “There are not rules valid for all the athletes, and valid, for the same athletes, always in the same way. After a season, we can have a short RESTING period, before starting the TRANSITION period, which is already a period of training. In Kenya (and Africa generally), the resting period is something including FULL REST. We give, to every athlete, about 2 weeks of total rest, and in this period they don’t do any physical activity.”

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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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Understand the Jack Daniels Running Formula in 15mins

Understand the Jack Daniels Running Formula in 15mins

Named “The World’s Best Coach” by Runner’s World magazine, Jack Daniels has coached and/or mentored some of the top distance runners globally. Daniels outlined his training philosophies in the 1998 book, Daniels’ Running Formula. Don’t have time to read the book? Here is a 15min summary, with all of the main points.

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Ryan Hall – Training For A 2:04 Marathon

Ryan Hall – Training For A 2:04 Marathon

Running alone is often better. Slow days should be slow. Don’t over-invest in running. Don’t use your best in practice. Long runs every two weeks. Tempo run every two weeks. Two sprint/stride sessions per week.

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Elite Marathon Training Series: Hendrik Pfeiffer – Balancing Training/Life & Favourite Training Locations

Elite Marathon Training Series: Hendrik Pfeiffer – Balancing Training/Life & Favourite Training Locations

“I prepared for the marathon in Kenya and I prepared for everything else in Flagstaff, and I think if I had to do a 10km race last year after coming back from Kenya, it would have been bad, because it was impossible to do any speed workout, the altitude was higher than in Flagstaff, 300m higher at 2.4km altitude, and every day felt like dying. I ran 4:30/km pace – you have seen my usual pace doing long runs!”

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Elite Marathon Training Series: Hendrik Pfeiffer – Diet, Sleep & Stretching Part 2

Elite Marathon Training Series: Hendrik Pfeiffer – Diet, Sleep & Stretching Part 2

“I’m strictly against supplements because I’ve heard so many stories about there being something inside then that you don’t know or cannot risk, and I don’t want to do it. I think if you eat the stuff you like and eat a lot vegetables in the evening, you get everything you need. i’m not a friend of supplements – only if I go to altitude I take some iron, because that could be necessary, but I’m against supplements.”

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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.

read more
The End Of Season Rest Periods Of The World’s Best Athletes

The End Of Season Rest Periods Of The World’s Best Athletes

Renato Canova: “There are not rules valid for all the athletes, and valid, for the same athletes, always in the same way. After a season, we can have a short RESTING period, before starting the TRANSITION period, which is already a period of training. In Kenya (and Africa generally), the resting period is something including FULL REST. We give, to every athlete, about 2 weeks of total rest, and in this period they don’t do any physical activity.”

read more
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.

read more
Understand the Jack Daniels Running Formula in 15mins

Understand the Jack Daniels Running Formula in 15mins

Named “The World’s Best Coach” by Runner’s World magazine, Jack Daniels has coached and/or mentored some of the top distance runners globally. Daniels outlined his training philosophies in the 1998 book, Daniels’ Running Formula. Don’t have time to read the book? Here is a 15min summary, with all of the main points.

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