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Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 11:49AM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Somebody asked about Pre's training a week or so ago, so here' a two week sample. Delayed response on my part, but I just dug it up over the weekend. Intervals were actually run in yards.

Non Competitive Season:

M. a.m. 4-6 miles@ 5:40 pace.
p.m. 5-10 miles@ 5:40 pace.
T. a.m. 4-6 miles@ 5:40-6:00 pace.
p.m. 8 x 400 with 200 recovery, 4 x (600,400,300,200,100 with 200 recovery, all @ 68 400 pace)
W. a.m. 4-6 miles@ 6:00-7:00 pace.
p.m. 5-10 miles@ 6:00-7:00 pace.
Th. a.m. 4-6 miles@ 6:00-7:00 pace.
p.m. 12 x 150@ 22, 300 jog, 4-8 mile run, 12 x 300 (4 @ 52, 4@ 50. 4@ 48)
F. a.m. 4-6 miles
p.m. 4-6 miles
S. a.m. 4 x 1200@ 3:18, 3:16, 3:14, 3:12, 800 jog; 12 x 300@ 52
S. 12-15 miles@ 6:30-7:00 pace.

Competitive Season:

Non Competitive Season:

M. a.m. 4-6 miles
p.m. 4-8 miles@ 5:30 pace.
T. a.m. 4-6 miles
p.m. 10 miles in 50:00; 6-12 x 300@ 52
W. a.m. 4-6 miles
p.m. 5-8 miles@ 5:30 pace.
Th. a.m. 4-6 miles
p.m. 24 x 300 (6@ 50, 6@ 48, 6@ 46, 6@ 44)
F. a.m. 4-6 miles
p.m. 4-6 miles
S. a.m. 3 x 1 mile@ 4:24, 4:22, 4:16; 800 jog; 3-4 mile run, 18 x 300 6@ 52, 6@ 48, 6@ 46)
pm. 4 mile run
S. 15 miles@ 6:30 pace.
Frank Horwill
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 12:12PM - in reply to OBN Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The recovery time after repetitions at 5km pace is a crucial factor. A good rule-of-thumb guide is to jog one-eighth the distance of the repetition. In 1972 I watched Steve Prefontaine (USA) in the Olympic village do 3 x 1 mile in 4:08 (12:56 / 5km) with 15 minutes rest after each. Many onlookers thought this was a sensational session and tipped him for the gold medal. However, we do not have 15 minutes rest after the first mile of a 5km race. It would have been better if he had done 3 x 1 mile in 4:16 with 200m jog recovery. He finished fourth in the final in a time of 13:28 (64.5/400m).
ahughes2005
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 12:16PM - in reply to Frank Horwill Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
hey you guys are cool, thanx for the info...
well tell me this
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 1:25PM - in reply to Frank Horwill Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
were there any english runners ahead of prefontaine in that race
gc
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 1:26PM - in reply to well tell me this Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
In the Olympic final, Ian Stewart (England) edged him for the bronze.
Ian Stewart
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 1:36PM - in reply to gc Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Hey guys thanks for remembering.

Here is some of my training.

10x 400 in 59 seconds with 400 jog interval.

4x 1200 in 3:09 with 5 minute walk interval.

The other days I jogged around at 7 minute mile pace.
haaaaa
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 1:38PM - in reply to well tell me this Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
ohhh that was funny!
runner dude
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 1:44PM - in reply to Frank Horwill Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
are you the real frank? good lad--thanks for contributing! i had always wondered who it was that did that session who always write about it as an "international athlete"
OBN
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 2:22PM - in reply to Frank Horwill Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Hey Frank, I bet you Pre could have kicked Hutching's but in a race.

If you don't agree, please explain in 5 tiers why he couldn't.
Jzs
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 2:26PM - in reply to OBN Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
pre is a beast! please note cv & at type training within the framework of pre's work.
Frank Horwill
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 2:34PM - in reply to OBN Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Hutchings and Prefontaine both finished 4th in Olympic 500m finals. Tim ran 13.11 while Steve ran 13.28. Make of it what you will.
Tim Hutchings
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 3:16PM - in reply to Jzs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Who the hell is Frank Horwell.
relax don't do it
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 3:43PM - in reply to Tim Hutchings Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
hey frank, you also don't get a 200m jog between miles in the 5k either. so should he have just raced the straight 3miles to prepare himself.
Frank Horwill
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/2/2004 5:46PM - in reply to relax don\'t do it Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Oh my god that's brilliant!!

From now on we're going to run 5k's straight with no rests.
true dat
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/10/2004 3:32PM - in reply to Frank Horwill Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
bump
skate
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/10/2004 5:05PM - in reply to Frank Horwill Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
That type of training is overated. If you always took short rest periods between intervals you would never get much faster then you are right now. You have to train faster then race pace and because of that the body needs more rest. Of course there are certain bench mark workouts throughout the year that will test you near race pace with short recoveries, but there is also, long runs, tempo runs, strength work etc. You have to blend them all!
Imagine always doing 3x mile with 200 recoveries, complete nonsense! you would have days were you would actually run slower then other days, and that is because it is so damn hard. You can only do those type of workouts once every two months tops.
Danny Monpier
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/10/2004 8:00PM - in reply to OBN Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
And how fast was his pace when driving while drunk? Just curious.
qucassidy
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/10/2004 9:25PM - in reply to Ian Stewart Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Ian
Thank you for signing my "Once a Runner" book at the Pre Classic a few years ago when you presented the trophy for the 5k. You are a gentleman and have a sincere heart. I thought it was so cool when you said: "that Pre ran a better race then I did"! The statement was humble and showed the spirit of a true sportsman. Reality is, you could have won that race!
Q
Franz
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 8/10/2004 11:51PM - in reply to Ian Stewart Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Ian, I thought I read somewhere that you became a "bikey" after Munich. True? How'd you do at it?
jerk
RE: Steve Prefontaine's training 7/8/2005 3:53PM - in reply to Ian Stewart Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
thats most peoples error! they want to jog around! i believe in guts, just like pre, he ran his easy runs under 6 min pace! thats what i do too. thats what we did at adams too! thats why we won nationals too!

Ian Stewart wrote:

Hey guys thanks for remembering.

Here is some of my training.

10x 400 in 59 seconds with 400 jog interval.

4x 1200 in 3:09 with 5 minute walk interval.

The other days I jogged around at 7 minute mile pace.
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