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Alberto Salazar

April 9, 2012

Runners World has a long interview with Alberto Salazar.  Some highlights:

1.) Galen Rupp’s longest run was 20-miles at 5:11 pace, which equates to M+10%.

2.) Rupp also ran a 12-15 mile tempo at 5:oo pace, which is closer to M+5%.

3.) Salazar’s athletes take 2 month-long breaks per year.  After the summer track season, they take 2 weeks off, followed by 2 weeks of easy jogging.  In March, between indoors and outdoors, they take 1 week off, 1 week of easy jogging, and 2 weeks of moderate training with light intervals.

4.) He also writes:

I’ve found that my athletes run their best races after about 10 weeks of intense training. They can’t sustain it and get the same results if they go beyond 10 weeks. And 20 weeks of training with less intensity doesn’t lead to the same peak.



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