The article is a great read and reveals that Sang gave him only a little attention at age 16.
*MB: Eliud Kipchoge raves about coach Patrick Sang
“Why should a Member of County Assembly own a diplomatic passport and not Kipchoge?"
He was nominated as a fitness influence for the upcoming Africa Digital Influencer Awards(ADIA).
“The first lesson is to know that I am also human and can be beaten. The second is I’m now able to implement what disappointment is.”
“We went to the competition prepared,” Sang said, “but the weather conditions were a bit too much.”
Read how Kitata's coach hid his positive COVID test from him so he wasn't emotionally affected before London, what advice Kitata got from Kenenisa Bekele and how Kitata explains why "[Kipchoge] is always the king to us, even when he is beaten.”
“I am really feeling good having trained for the last three months and now I am waiting for the big day."
“I was fortunate to get a 5kg bag of flour and one packet of wheat flour. I had to share it with my training mates whose names didn’t appear on the list. We are really struggling but I’m grateful to the well-wishers who came up with the donation. The food will keep us going for some days,” siad one athlete.
The NN Running team says Kipchoge is reading and watching Formula 1 re-runs with his kids while Bekele is playing video games with his 7-yr old son.
Talking about living a relatively modest lifestyle despite his wealth, Kipchoge said, “I don’t envy people with big cars, helicopters and everything… that’s their life. What I want is to inspire someone… I don’t think I need a one million-dollar car to drive around.”
“If you don’t write things down then you will be empty. I need to put down everything to show the next generation that I was well organised, I know what I’m doing and I love what I’m doing. It’s like going to class and not taking notes. They say ‘ink it and you will remember it.’ So I’m doing that for the future generations.”
“It’s unfortunate. People should have a clean career. They say the moment you are on your death bed, you will be killed by guilt. There’s no point explaining and convincing (that one is innocent). Explaining and convincing means that you are guilty. I convince by training hard and going to a race.”
Ingle's sources say that the IAAF's technological committee is going to clear the Nike Next% and even go so far to say any shoe should be legal as long as it gives no "motor assistance."
Kipchoge has completed his first training block at home in Eldoret (which reportedly included " gym work, aerobics and jogging") and will now head to his training camp to begin the real work.
Kipchoge says the main benefit of camp is allowing him to focus "with no distractions" and to train with his team. "For me, running with others is so important. You can run alone, but I believe that you cannot do the same level of work. Unless you are a genius, I think it is impossible to train on your own and achieve the same level of results."
The mind is what drives a human being," Kipchoge says.
Kipchoge talks about several topics with some great quotes on training. Talking about doping he says, “You can win clean, you can compete clean and you can live in this world in a clean way. The worst thing ever is if you use drugs, if you use a shortcut because even if you perform you will not sleep in a good way. If you know that you cheated, you are not at peace.”
*MB: Kipchoge: "I have been doing all things at 80 percent"
Sang, Kipchoge's lifelong coach, says he didn't sleep well for three days before the Berlin race as he worried if he had done right by Kipchoge.
Alex Hutchinson plots the top 100 marathon times for the past decade and concludes that the recent improvements in times in 2016-2018 "aren’t noticeably bigger than the fluctuations in annual performance in previous years." Also, if it was really just the shoes, there should be a bunch of 2:04 guys running 2:01-2:02 like Eliud Kipchoge.
A couple things that impressed Fox was the camaraderie in Kipchoge's training group and how flexible they were about training. They had a plan, but it they weren't "anal about sticking to it" if changes needed to be made.
Fox: “They were always ready to adjust. They did have a plan, a weekly structure. But it never bothered them if they had to make changes. Most elite runners have a very structured program and they’re anal about sticking to it. The program is all, discipline the thing. Kenyans’ attitude to training is incredibly flexible.”
He's got proof of the WR as Isuzu lived up to their promise and gave him a new car.