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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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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 – 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.

read more
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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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
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: Training Program

David Rudisha: Training Program

Although there have been reports and rumours that the group do fairly low mileage (50-60 miles/week maximum) we weren’t sure what to believe. This does turn out to be true. The 800m guys will run at maximum 55 miles in a week, David included… and often less.

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David Rudisha: Mileage

David Rudisha: Mileage

I asked Colm O’Connell (Coach of David Rudisha and many sub 1:45 800m runners) the old question that first comes to mind for many: “How much mileage does David Rudisha do?” and he answered with “It’s hard to count, as we train very much on how he feels rather than having a specific program set focused on volume.” He thought a bit more and said “Around 90km a week in the base period and perhaps 60-70km in the racing period.”

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David Rudisha: Training Program

David Rudisha: Training Program

Although there have been reports and rumours that the group do fairly low mileage (50-60 miles/week maximum) we weren’t sure what to believe. This does turn out to be true. The 800m guys will run at maximum 55 miles in a week, David included… and often less.

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David Rudisha: Mileage

David Rudisha: Mileage

I asked Colm O’Connell (Coach of David Rudisha and many sub 1:45 800m runners) the old question that first comes to mind for many: “How much mileage does David Rudisha do?” and he answered with “It’s hard to count, as we train very much on how he feels rather than having a specific program set focused on volume.” He thought a bit more and said “Around 90km a week in the base period and perhaps 60-70km in the racing period.”

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Mo Farah – Base Training (Typical Week)

Mo Farah – Base Training (Typical Week)

Below is the typical weekly training schedule for Mo Farah. This involves running up to a maximum of 135 miles per week with no rest days and two sessions every day but Sunday, when he just does an all out 22-27 miles at 5:40 min/mile.

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Training All Systems – Alberto Salazar (World Famous Coach)

Training All Systems – Alberto Salazar (World Famous Coach)

Rather than think: “My legs are starting to feel very tired. I don’t know if I can keep going”, turn the thought around and tell yourself: “The feeling in my legs is normal for the corresponding effort and I know I can push through the pain because I’ve done so before in previous races and training efforts.”

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Mo Farah – Base Training (Typical Week)

Mo Farah – Base Training (Typical Week)

Below is the typical weekly training schedule for Mo Farah. This involves running up to a maximum of 135 miles per week with no rest days and two sessions every day but Sunday, when he just does an all out 22-27 miles at 5:40 min/mile.

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Training All Systems – Alberto Salazar (World Famous Coach)

Training All Systems – Alberto Salazar (World Famous Coach)

Rather than think: “My legs are starting to feel very tired. I don’t know if I can keep going”, turn the thought around and tell yourself: “The feeling in my legs is normal for the corresponding effort and I know I can push through the pain because I’ve done so before in previous races and training efforts.”

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