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Published on Sep 29, 2011
Last week purplepatch held a very successful and inspiring Marathon Running Clinic in San Francisco, which was designed as a kick off for half marathon and marathon training, and set the participants up for successful and healthy running.
We were very lucky to be joined by Ryan Hall for the second day of the camp, who not only helped me coach the track session, but also hung around to talk about training, preparations for the coming season into London 2012, and his thoughts on the Kenyans. To listen to our discussion, head on over to our website:
The day following the clinic, we headed to Sawyer Camp Trail for a tempo session - Ryan running, me struggling to keep up on the bike. It was a good test for Ryan, and informative for me to follow and coach from the bike. The session showed he is in good, solid form, and about is as perfect for where we would want him to be right now. Controlled, consistent efforts are critical to an elite marathon runner, and the fact that he was able to place surge efforts toward the end of the run showed good fitness and adaptation to previous work. His session was:
20 - 30 min warm up 1 x 60 min tempo session (above marathon race pace) 15 min as (1 min surge, 1 min controlled recovery). Cool down.
This is a big run that requires a couple of days of recovery when performed at his level of exertion, but certainly a key session in the week for us.