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…