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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 – 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.

read more
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!

read more
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.

read more
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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David Rudisha: Diet

David Rudisha: Diet

The Sweat Elite team spent a month in Suluta, the running hub of Ethiopia at the same time Mo Farah was preparing for the London Marathon 2019.
When discussing diet with Mo Farah, he mentioned that he tends to eat a relatively large breakfast before training, as he commences his morning training session at around 9am. Farah mentioned that his stomach is able to process food quite quickly, so he usually eats breakfast around 30-40 minutes before training, which usually consists of 2 pieces of toast (multi grain bread) with jam and butter as well as a small bowl of porridge and a cup of coffee. Post training, it’s a protein shake and carbohydrate drink and did express how important it is for him to consume this within the “25 minute window” post finishing his training session.

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David Rudisha: Diet

David Rudisha: Diet

The Sweat Elite team spent a month in Suluta, the running hub of Ethiopia at the same time Mo Farah was preparing for the London Marathon 2019.
When discussing diet with Mo Farah, he mentioned that he tends to eat a relatively large breakfast before training, as he commences his morning training session at around 9am. Farah mentioned that his stomach is able to process food quite quickly, so he usually eats breakfast around 30-40 minutes before training, which usually consists of 2 pieces of toast (multi grain bread) with jam and butter as well as a small bowl of porridge and a cup of coffee. Post training, it’s a protein shake and carbohydrate drink and did express how important it is for him to consume this within the “25 minute window” post finishing his training session.

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To Make It To The Next Level, Strength Training Is A Must

To Make It To The Next Level, Strength Training Is A Must

Strength training has become a more and more important focus of elite distance running. Because of its ability to boost performance, Salazar’s group is setting time aside for running specific strength training – often lifting heavy weights with limited repetitions – to perfect their form.

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To Make It To The Next Level, Strength Training Is A Must

To Make It To The Next Level, Strength Training Is A Must

Strength training has become a more and more important focus of elite distance running. Because of its ability to boost performance, Salazar’s group is setting time aside for running specific strength training – often lifting heavy weights with limited repetitions – to perfect their form.

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