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Frank Shorter – Training Insights

Frank Shorter – Training Insights

Frank’s reasoning for doing such fast workouts relative to race pace (especially when racing the marathon) was that in his mind, the greater the delta between training pace and race pace, the more comfortable and therefore sustainable running at that race pace becomes. Once he was feeling more comfortable running these workouts and was happy with how fast they were, he would begin to shorten recovery rather than increasing the pace of intervals.

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Galen Rupp On Tight Turnarounds, Consistency And Training

Galen Rupp On Tight Turnarounds, Consistency And Training

Some may see Chicago as an interesting choice given Rupp competed in the Olympic marathon a mere nine weeks prior. However, Chicago holds a special place in Galen’s heart – he grew up visiting family there often, and in 2017 he was the first American to win Chicago marathon since Khalid Kannouchi in 2002. Despite the tight turnaround from Sapporo to Chicago Galen says that the training leading up to this race was some of the best of his life – much better than leading into the Olympics where he was disappointed with an eighth place finish.

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“Go hard or suffer the rest of your life” – Paul Chelimo’s Wisdom Distilled 

“Go hard or suffer the rest of your life” – Paul Chelimo’s Wisdom Distilled 

Paul emphasises the importance of being very strategic with training, when to go hard and how to peak at the right time. This includes adjusting work according to how the body is feeling, focusing on what he sees as being the most beneficial at any given point (eg. dropping off on strength training close to competitions or focusing on intense workouts rather than high mileage). He says that as he is aging, and the younger athletes are coming up the ranks, this is essential to stay ahead of the game.

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Sondre Moen – Preparing for London Marathon 2020 Elite Race

Sondre Moen – Preparing for London Marathon 2020 Elite Race

On August 6th 2020, the London Marathon announced that the race will set off with an elite only field. The London Marathon Organisers chose to stage the race in a more controlled environment, instead of the usual course due to Covid-19.

Norwegian Sondre Moen (2:05:48 PB) is currently in the middle of a high altitude training camp in Sestriere (Italy), preparing for the showdown that will take place on October 4th comprising of the strongest field a Marathon has ever staged including the two fastest men in history over the distance – Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele.

We joined him for a track session on Sunday 13th September, 21 days until race day where coach Renato Canova shared his thoughts on the workout, the remainder of 2020 and more.

Renato Canova: “Today was a training session specific to the half marathon and marathon, on the track. The plan was to run 20km, it’s something that we can use many times approaching a Marathon.

Two times 3000m with 3 minutes of recovery. Three times 2000m with 2.5 minutes recovery. Five times 1000m with 2 minutes recovery. Six times 500m with 1.5 minutes recovery.

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German Silva – Training Insights

German Silva – Training Insights

Silva says these workouts, and all their training, were strictly a team effort. Distributing the responsibility of holding the pace for 1km reps between 5-10 athletes meant that each athlete only had to lead 2-3 reps and could hold onto the back for the others. The group would go to Veracruz for training camps where they could do workouts at the relatively low altitude of 1300m, but from there they could quickly access altitudes of up to 2500m, or head to sea level, which was something they did regularly. “We used to travel a lot to train at different altitudes, that was the advantage of living in Mexico.”
Dehydration, according to Silva, is a much more significant factor at sea-level than at altitude, and he feels that recovery was facilitated by training at altitude. The siesta was also a key part of his regime, and recovery was a priority. Life in training was simple and repetitive, “we didn’t have much technology, we didn’t spend time on phones, we spent our time working out hard and recovering the hours we had to recover.” German says that this, and the strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork, were integral to the success of Mexican runners through that period. “If you see Kenyans and Ethiopians now, they are doing the same thing.”

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Pat Tiernan – From Toowoomba to Tokyo

Photo Credit - Collin Findlay (@collinfindlayphotography) Pat Tiernan - From Toowoomba to Tokyo Article by Tait Hearps After a recent PB of 60:55 at Houston Half Marathon, as well as an exciting move to Puma’s new elite team, Australian Olympian Pat...

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Frank Shorter – Training Insights

Frank Shorter – Training Insights

Frank’s reasoning for doing such fast workouts relative to race pace (especially when racing the marathon) was that in his mind, the greater the delta between training pace and race pace, the more comfortable and therefore sustainable running at that race pace becomes. Once he was feeling more comfortable running these workouts and was happy with how fast they were, he would begin to shorten recovery rather than increasing the pace of intervals.

read more
Galen Rupp On Tight Turnarounds, Consistency And Training

Galen Rupp On Tight Turnarounds, Consistency And Training

Some may see Chicago as an interesting choice given Rupp competed in the Olympic marathon a mere nine weeks prior. However, Chicago holds a special place in Galen’s heart – he grew up visiting family there often, and in 2017 he was the first American to win Chicago marathon since Khalid Kannouchi in 2002. Despite the tight turnaround from Sapporo to Chicago Galen says that the training leading up to this race was some of the best of his life – much better than leading into the Olympics where he was disappointed with an eighth place finish.

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