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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.

Thijs Nijhuis (2:10 Marathoner) Begins Preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games Marathon in Kenya – February 2021

Thijs Nijhuis (2:10 Marathoner) Begins Preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games Marathon in Kenya – February 2021

Thijs Nijhuis (2:10 Marathoner and second fastest Danish Marathoner of all time) begins preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games Marathon in Kenya – February 2021 and shares insights into his training during the training camp. “My first week at altitude is always very easy, I will mainly do easy runs and go by feeling. After that I will gradually be able to do more and more. To cope with the many hills, I sometimes run around the soccerfield or go to the track to do my easy runs, otherwise my quads gets banged up. For the same reason, I will tend to do some longer runs netto downhill, but it doesn’t mean it won’t go up and down. Just a little more down than up.” Keep reading to view his 4 week training journal plus tips for training in Kenya.

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.

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.”

Beat The Heat – Elite Marathoners Training Tactics

Beat The Heat – Elite Marathoners Training Tactics

Elite marathon runners are by no means unaccustomed to scorching temperatures, and the enervating effect of both extreme heat and humidity on performance. It only takes a brief glance at their competitive calendar to understand why, yet it demands delving below the surface of physiology and heat acclimation to understand how they outrun the searing sun.
The 2020 Summer Olympics set to take place in sauna-sweltering Tokyo, which has since been postponed to 2021, was predicted to be the hottest on record. So hot in fact, that the 26.2 mile marathon course was resurfaced with a heat-reflecting material called ‘Perfect Cool’. While reducing the surface temperature of the track by up to 10 degrees Celsius on hot days, further analysis found there to be hardly any cooling effect at head height, deeming their heat expelling attempt to be rather futile.

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