Conversation with Juan Luis Barrios and Bernard Lagal

From the Coach

I’m hanging out at the Hilton Hotel in NYC for Sydney’s race and I got a chance to speak with two huge names in running who are running the marathon on Sunday.

Juan Luis Barrios: 2x Olympian in the 5,000m

Bernard Lagat: 5x Olympian in either the 1,500m, 5,000m, or both.

I asked them what’s one piece of advice you would give to someone training for a 5k. Here are the their answer:

Juan: He has two pieces of advice. First, take one day off per week to allow your body to recover. It’s important to allow your muscles to heal when hitting hard workouts during training. Second, take advantage of the weight room 3 days per week. Low weight and high reps. Building on strength so you can run faster during workouts and races. What I’m getting out of this is that Juan takes his easy days easy and his hard days hard. He likes to train twice per day (running and lifting) but will also have one day per week of just recovering. I like his approach and really think it’s something runners should consider.

Bernard: He said one word initially and that was ‘consistency’. He then went on to say that it’s important to be consistent because that’s how fitness increases. You can’t have random weeks of no running. Or doing workouts whenever you feel like it. Build up steadily and your fitness will improve. I really like this approach because it’s something I truly believe in myself. And it’s not just something 5k runners should do but runners of all distances.

It was really cool talking with these guys. Both were super friendly. I hope they both have great races Sunday.

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