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September 19, 2012

Alberto Salazar gives a few details about Ritz’s preparation for the Chicago marathon, coming off a long building for the Olympic 10k:

Finally, we’ve come to the conclusion that 110 miles is the max per week [Ritz] can train.  Every time we get greedy he gets injured.  But he’s been healthy over the entire last year.

So rather than do fast 15-mile tempo runs below marathon pace, we’ll do longer runs that lead back to marathon pace late so he can get used to running that pace when he’s tired.

Salazar also talked about this general philosophy of consistency plus a year round combination of strength and speed:

“When people are healthy,” explained Salazar, “you build up certain strength and speed and can work on each alternately.  It’s like you have two fuel tanks, and you top them off every few weeks.”



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