One of the most famous rivalries in distance running was between Alain Mimoun and Emil Zatopek. In 1948, Emil Zatopek won the 10,000m, with Alain Mimoun finishing second. In the 1950 European Champs, Emil Zatopek won the 10,000m and 5,000m, with Alain Mimoun taking the silver. The same happened in 1952, when Emil Zatopek won the 10,000m, 5,000m, and the marathon. Alain Mimoun finished in silver, once again, in the 5,000m in 10,000m.
In 1956, Alain Mimoun’s time came, as he took the marathon gold, and Emil Zatopek finished sixth. Alain waited for Emil to finish and shared with him that he had just become a father. His daughter, Olympia, had been born, but the French coaches did not tell him until after his marathon. Emil and Alain had formed a friendship over the years and were tough competitors as well.
Your workout today, May 21, 2022: Saturday, Saturday: warm-up, primary race distance or, 3 miles, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown.
Emil Zatopek, Alain Mimoun, photo courtesy of RunChile.Cl/Pinterest
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 19, Day 6
Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 150m stride outs, cooldown
Tuesday: Warm-up, 30 minutes moderate running, 8 x 300m, cut downs, 200 m walk-jog between, 6 x 150m stride outs, cooldown
Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 150m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: Warm-up, 8 x 400m, 3000m pace, 200m jog, 6 x 150m, stride outs, cooldown
Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x150m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm-up, primary race distance or, 3 miles, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown
Sunday: 75-80 minutes moderate pace, on trails