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ELIUD KIPCHOGE

The Famous Kenyan Runners Diet

The Famous Kenyan Runners Diet

So, what is it that they are mainly eating? There are several staples which most meals seem to revolve around. Ugali: made from maize meal, it is cooked in water to form a sort of corn cake. High in starch, very plain flavour.

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Training with Eliud Kipchoge – 5 Things That Surprised Us

Training with Eliud Kipchoge – 5 Things That Surprised Us

(1) He was extremely inflexible. After an easy morning run (16km in 1hr10mins), I stretched with the group. Most of them were fairly flexible in the hamstrings – standing straight legged and bending over to touch your toes with your knees straight and being able to touch your toes. Eliud was miles off. He was nowhere near touching his toes! They all found it hilarious that he couldn’t come close to touching his toes.

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Eliud Kipchoge’s Coach: Patrick Sang – Wisdom

Eliud Kipchoge’s Coach: Patrick Sang – Wisdom

Tuesday August 29th, 2017.

Just under 4 weeks until the Berlin Marathon 2017, where Eliud Kipchoge will attempt to officially break the world record. It’s a track workout in Eldoret. 5 sets of (2km in 5:45-5:50, 1km in 2:50) with 90sec rest.

We had a chat with coach Patrick Sang.

“Eliud is running well at the moment, but you know, it’s hard to know how someone will race; it comes down to many factors on the day.”

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Eliud Kipchoge – 3 Toughest Track Sessions

Eliud Kipchoge – 3 Toughest Track Sessions

Below are three of Eliud Kipchoge’s toughest training sessions that he completes on the track in the lead up to a major race. Keep in mind that these sessions are done on a dirt track at 2000m (6500ft) elevation. World famous coach Renato Canova believes that in these conditions for the Kenyan born and raised athletes, repetitions are around 5 seconds slower per kilometre compared with doing the same session on a tartan track at sea-level. The altitude accounts for about 3 seconds per kilometre and the dirt track around 2 seconds per kilometre.

1. 15x1km (90sec rest), progressing in pace.

Kipchoge will start these 1km repetitions between 2:55 and 3:00 and slowly build his pace up to finish at around 2:42-2:45. On occasion, Kipchoge has finished his final repetition in 2:35-2:36, but normally it’s closer to 2:42-2:45. He will normally average around 2:50-2:53 for the session.

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Eliud Kipchoge – Diet

Eliud Kipchoge – Diet

Ugali: made from maize meal, it is cooked in water to form a sort of corn cake. This staple is very high in starch and is very bland, lacking much in the way of flavour. Many meals in the farm-stay were served with an almost insurmountable pile of ugali on the side.
Managu: a dark leafy green, somewhat like spinach. This is normally eaten after being sautéed in water and some oil, however some athletes we spoke to even cooked the leaves in milk!

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Eliud Kipchoge – Outsiders

Eliud Kipchoge – Outsiders

When we shadowed Eliud and the squad on some long runs, we were very surprised by the typical composition of the group. When we arrived in the darkness, the group assembled outside the compound gates were predominantly outsiders, who waited for Eliud and the Global athletes to exit the camp. The entire group started together, however as the pace quickened Eliud and a small group led the charge, leaving a long line of outsiders strung out in their wake.

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Eliud Kipchoge – Recovery

Eliud Kipchoge – Recovery

Jogging through the dark, alongside the main road to Eldoret, we made our way to the gates of the Global camp by 6:15am, just in time to join Eliud and the rest of the squad for their recovery run. It had rained again overnight, and the mud was even worse than during the long run the day prior, caking to the soles of shoes and leaving the unsealed roads a slippery, dangerous mess…

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Eliud Kipchoge – Long Run

Eliud Kipchoge – Long Run

We arrived at the gates of the Global camp with the full moon still high above us. It was cold, there was a light drizzle of rain, the morning light was just starting to breach the horizon, no one was around. After some minutes, a few athletes arrived and began stretching outside the camp, we chatted with them about upcoming races (Singapore, Amsterdam, Nairobi…). Within five minutes a crowd of over twenty had congregated, awaiting the arrival of Eliud and the commencement of their weekly long workout run.

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Eliud Kipchoge – Workout Before Berlin Marathon 2017

Eliud Kipchoge – Workout Before Berlin Marathon 2017

We arrived and inspected the track; the dirt was still a bit heavy with absorbed moisture, but Eliud and coach, Patrick Sang, had a chat and deemed it sufficiently dry for the session to begin. There were around 40 athletes at the track, all jogged 8-10 laps for warm up, stretched, changed shoes, and were delivered the session by Coach Sang. Interestingly, all athletes were unaware of the session’s details until the coach told them, two minutes prior to commencing.Five sets of 2000m, walk 100m, jog 100m, 1000m, walk 100m jog 100m. Paces were set at 5:50 for the 200m and 2:50 for the 1000m. The group was split into two, based on speed…
Five sets of 2000m, walk 100m, jog 100m, 1000m, walk 100m jog 100m. Paces were set at 5:50 for the 200m and 2:50 for the 1000m. The group was split into two, based on speed.

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