A story about Emil Zatopek, a man who I consider, the finest distance runner of all times.
Emil ran his first race as a 15-year-old, a 5k, in boots, and won. That was in 1943. In 1948, in the first Olympics after
World War 2, Emil, in the Czech Army, won the longest race on the track, the 10,000m. He nearly lapped the entire field.
Emil grimaced each footstep, and his arms jutted out into the air. To say that his form was less than perfect, was an
understatement. He would almost win the 5,000m as well, falling down and getting back up, and taking the silver. In 1952, Emil would
win the 10,000m, 5,000m, and first marathon. Just before he entered the stadium, winning his first marathon, Emil’s wife, Daniela,
had won the Olympic javelin!
Track spikes of Emil Zatopek, 1952, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo courtesy of adidas Communications
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 11, Day 3
Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Tuesday: Warm-up, 12 x 200 meters hard, 200-meter jog, the pace is 1500m, 30-minute run, cooldown,
Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: Warm-up, 12 x 400m, at 3000m pace, 400m jog in between, cooldown
Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm-up, Racing on the relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down
Sunday: 65-70 minutes moderate pace, on trails
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