Catherine the great has been one of the most consistent Kenyan runners. She is a four-time winner of the Boston Marathon. She has run 12 sub-2:26 performances and three sub-2:20s in her career. Runner’s World ranked her the No. 1 Runner of the Year for five years.
In an interview with running times magazine she revealed the secret to her longevity in the sport. Her training plan has been designed to avoid over training and fatigue.
Weekly Training Milage
Catherine runs 75 to 90 miles per week. “This way I can keep my body fresh, and recovered,” she reasons.
Long repeats with short recoveries. Short recoveries are a hallmark of Kenyan training. She does 1K repeats
Run fast one day, slow the next day
On easy days her pace does not creep any faster than 7 minute per mile–slow considering her 5:17 per-mile PR marathon pace. On easy days, if you start pushing then the next day you cannot give 100 percent.
The long run.
She does easy speed up to 22 to 23 miles maximum.
Her philosphy is run hard, rest easy