Going the Middle Distance: Olympic Hopeful's Training Schedule

Going the Middle Distance: Olympic Hopeful's Training Schedule


LC of The Hills recently shared how she is getting ready for her Summer beach time, so for contrast I thought I would share how one Olympic hopeful is preparing to win a spot on the US team in the upcoming Summer games.

Sara Hall, 25, wants to make the US team and run in the Beijing Olympics. Her race distance is 1,500 meters (.93 miles), which is considered a middle distance – somewhere between sprints and endurance. Although her weekly mileage is down from her college training regimen, she still logs somewhere between 85 to 90 miles a week.

She discussed her intense training schedule recently with the New York Times and to see how she logs all those miles just read more.

Here are the highlights of her interview:

  • M, W, F, Su: Easy Runs 30 to 50 minutes
    Pace: 7 minute/ mile

  • Saturday: 14 mile run
    Pace: 5:45/mile

  • Tuesday and Thursdays: Hard interval track sessions
    (To help her body adapt to the mechanical and physiological demands of speed)
    Warm up 2 miles
    Six miles of intervals
    Three miles of cool down

  • Drills
    (These are to perfect her form; she used to lean forward with a long back kick that wasted energy)
    Skipping, Skipping with a flick Kick, and Scissor Kicks
    All done with flexed feet, bent knee for landing

  • Body Maintenance
    Warm Epsom salt baths on easy days
    Ice baths on hard days

Looks like no days off for Sara Hall. Wow.The women's time trial for the Olympics are in late June, so good luck to Sara!

To see a video of her drills check out the video here.

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