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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: 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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Mo Farah Training: 3 Things Mo Does That You Probably Don’t

Mo Farah Training: 3 Things Mo Does That You Probably Don’t

“Going back thirty years ago there was an old philosophy about strength training for distance runners. It was this idea of lightweights and lots of reps. And I really don’t believe in that. When you do something like that, at some point there’s no stimulus or further growth. At some point if you’re just doing lots of reps and light weights, you’re going to maintain where you are at but you’re not going grow.”

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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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Training for a Sub 2:05 Marathon

Training for a Sub 2:05 Marathon

A small % of people have the natural talent (provided they train optimally for themselves) to run under 2:15 for a marathon. A very, very small % of people have the natural talent (provided they train optimally for themselves) to run under 2:05 for a marathon.

However of those very few people who have ever done it, such a large % of those people have been coached/mentored by the same person:

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