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Lee Troop is an Australian distance running legend – with personal best times from the 1990’s and 2000’s of 2:09:49 for the Marathon, 1:01:00 for the Half Marathon, 27:51 for the 10,000m, 13:14 for the 5000m and 7:41 for the 3000m.

Lee is now an elite distance running coach (among other things) with a wealth of training and racing knowledge. Lee coaches several elite distance runners, including Jake Riley – who placed second at the USA Olympic Trials for the Marathon just last week, securing his position on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team for USA.

This podcast episode was recorded live in Boulder (Colorado, USA) 10 days before the USA Olympic Marathon Trials. In this podcast episode, Lee speaks about:

  • Coaching Jake Riley since 2017 and some of the hurdles Jake has overcome in the last few years.
  • Jake’s 2:10:36 Chicago Marathon 2019 result.
  • Jake’s training stints in Arizona leading into the USA Olympic Trials.
  • Some of Jake’s key training sessions leading into the USA Olympic Trials.
  • Highlights of Lee’s own career, including breaking the Australian 5000m record and running under 2:12 for the Marathon on 6 occasions.
  • Being self-coached.
  • His own training including over-training through periods of his career.
  • The importance of hill training.
  • Weight training for distance runners.
  • His opinion on the rise of the new racing shoes with carbon fiber plates.
  • Lessons learnt from transitioning from being an athlete to a coach.

Lee can be found on Twitter (@runtroopy) and Instagram (@leetroop73).

The Sweat Elite team are currently in Tokyo, Japan studying the Japanese elite running scene. Some of our latest featured articles from this experience (mentioned in the intro) are below:

Highlights from the Tokyo Marathon Press Conference:
www.sweatelite.co/tokyo-marathon-2020-press-conference-highlights/

Training with Tokai University (Ekiden winning team):
www.sweatelite.co/training-with-tokai-university-ekiden-winning-team/

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