Pete Tanguay

Jimmy Green Training Advice

by on Jan.10, 2009, under Wisdom

Had a great talk with Jimmy Green this morning at breakfast. He’s been out
of running for the past few years but when he was running, he trained hard
and was very successful at short and long distances. Here is some of his

  • You have to train fast to race fast.
  • Warm up the first mile or so and then start your watch.
  • Set your goal pace and then increase your distance at that pace until
    you are at the distance you want to run this pace at. For example, if you
    want to do a 3:30 marathon, get used to an 8 minute pace at 3 miles, then
    go to 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20. If you can’t sustain it at the higher
    miles, go back down and start over.
  • Run the last mile all out on every run.
  • Run a lot of races. When he was running, he tried to do a race every
    weekend if there was one. He especially liked the 5k and 10k races.
  • Speed work is critical, try to do it twice a week. Your body has to
    learn to run faster. If you train at a certain pace all the time your body
    will lock in to that pace. Speed work breaks that lock.
  • Lose weight. Every pound you do not have to carry makes you faster.
    Period. You can’t starve weight off, you have to work it off. At his
    training peak he ate 2 eggs and toast for breakfast, chicken breast and
    salad with lowfat dressing on the side for lunch and tuna salad for dinner.
    On Sunday he ate whatever he wanted and as much as he wanted. Said that one
    day a week splurge is fine as your body won’t know what to do with it and
    will shed it.
  • Building strength in the gym was a key part of his training.
  • Talking with him affirmed the value of talking to experience. There is a
    lot of good training literature out there, and most of what he said is in
    line with it. However, to be able to sit at Stoby’s on Saturday morning and
    hear the life experiences of someone who ran a 3:14 marathon and was among
    the people who started the Conway running club 18 years ago is priceless.

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