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Bernard Lagat Workout Video and Group Training

When I have a few extra minutes in my day I like to peruse flotrack.org and letsrun.com. I also stalk a few great athlete’s blogs in an effort to glean some of their “ness” that makes them so great. This morning I was checking in with flotrack when I came across a WOW (Workout Wednesday) video. WOW is where the Flotrack crew travels around the country and films some of the best runners in the country doing a workout. Flotrack was the first to produce this sort of media and I absolutely love it. I love the behind-the-scenes footage and watching their efforts in training as opposed to just watching them race. You get to see what makes them so good.

This week Flotrack is featuring a 600 meter repeat workout by Bernard Lagat. Originally from Kenya and now an official American citizen, Lagat continues to tear up the track. He has American records in both the 1500 and the 5000. Suffice to say, incredibly talented runner with potential to win gold in London Olympics in 5000, he’s that good.

The video spotlights something different for me today. Yes, Lagat killed the 600’s in crazy fast times and it’s always amazing to see the effortless stride of a world great, but something else stood out for me today.
I miss working out with other people.
In the video Lagat has a whole crew of runners to push him along, keep him on point, and serve as a distraction to the monotony of routine workouts. I think during my next marathon training cycle, I want to train with other guys who are looking to run fast, get better, and use each other to push to their limits. I am totally the type of person that feeds off others.
Someday I’d like to live in a city that has a solid running club for guys trying to be competitive in the marathon. Portland, Boulder, Boston, Austin, and San Fran all come to mind. If I want to make another leap, maybe try to go for that sub 2:30 mark; I might need to be in a place where I can be surrounded by people serious about doing the same.
This will definitely be a contributing factor as to where I settle down in the future….that is…if that ever happens…


1 Larry Malmgren { 07.01.11 at 11:41 am }

I keep returning to watch this fine video of Bernard, Lalang,fellow runner and of course the fine coach Li. This video puts the beautiful races the Bernard just completed here in Eugene at the USA chamionships in the 1.500 and 5,000 and Bernard’s goal of going to worl in S. Korea for the 5,000 only which he will. Ever the gentleman Bernard gave up his second place finish in the 1,00 so one of our home town favorites, Andrew Wheating can go on to Korea. Thanks for the excellent video with humor added at the end.

2 Chase { 07.07.11 at 5:53 pm }

Do you live in Oregon? Although I love Bernard…I’m happy Centrowitz laid the smack down in the 1500. He’s becoming world class! I wish I could have been there to watch that race. South Korea should be very interesting. I’m still waiting for Rupp to make a BIG breakthrough on the international level. I think he can medal….maybe Centrowitz too! I’m living in Costa Rica right now so I feel out of the loop…thanks for the reminder that the elites are still ripping it up!

3 El entrenamiento de Bernard Lagat | ATLETAPRO { 07.10.11 at 6:40 am }

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