Training Day of an Olympic runner for marathon

We always like to lessen the distance between professional and amateur runners, whether knowing what they eat before a race or how do they train for a specific competition.

This is just what we want to show you, a full day of training of the Olympic runner Meb Keflezighi, an experienced American marathon runner. Silver in Athens 2004 with 2:11:29, winner of the New York Marathon in 2009 with 2:09:15, winner of the Boston Marathon in 2014 (2:08:37) and ready to compete this Sunday in the Rio 2016 Olympic Marathon.

Before showing the video, we want to warn you: it is highly motivating, and after watching it you will probably feel like running for hours and hours! Please have in mind your fitness and goals, and above all control your energy!

This material allows us to see each moment of the training of a professional runner for a marathon, from his breakfast, previous movements and stretching, and his different routines during 24 hours.

  • Warm-up: Prepare your body for the effort. Jog, stretch and make race technical exercises before the hard training session.
  • Return to calm: Try to get back to calm with a soft jog, stretching and if you can a cold bath and a nap.
  • Do not forget the core work to strengthen your body, it will allow you to avoid decompensations and possible injuries.
  • Rest and recovery: Before going to bed might be a good moment to massage your legs and put some ice if the training has been hard and your legs need it.

After watching this material, there is no doubt you will understand the effort and commitment you must have to be an Olympic runner. Would you be willing to go that far?