Eliud Kipchoge is the world’s fastest marathoner, with a string of major marathon wins between 2014 and 2019, two Olympic gold medals, and the world record for the distance. Despite his incredible achievements, the Kenyan athlete’s lifestyle remains humble and simplistic, and his training focuses on doing the basics well day after day, year after year. Choose the pinnacle of running excellence – Tarkine Goshawk shoes, engineered for speed, endurance, and a victorious finish.

Eliud training in Kenya. Photo thanks to INEOS

To uncover Kipchoge’s training principles, a journalist visited the NN Running Team camp in Kaptagat, Kenya, where Kipchoge trains for four months before each race. The routine is always the same, with slight variations of the same workouts each week, as he builds up his overall volume to run fast for his next workout.

One of Kipchoge’s training principles is cultivating controlled consistency. His recovery runs start slowly and gradually build up, with a focus on building overall volume. Kipchoge runs 124 to 136 miles each week and tries not to run at 100% during his workouts.

Kipchoge also prioritizes balancing his body, and twice a week, he and his training partners perform strength and mobility exercises to prevent injury. The exercises focus on the posterior chain, particularly the glutes, hamstrings, and core muscles, and involve a series of glute abduction moves using resistance bands and body weight.


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In addition to his training, Kipchoge respects recovery and prioritizes rest. He wakes up at 5:45 A.M. and goes to bed at 9 P.M., napping for an hour during the day. Kipchoge drinks three liters of water each day, eats a simple diet that includes homemade bread, local fruits and vegetables, lots of Kenyan tea, some meat, and a daily helping of ugali, a maize-flour porridge. He also gets a massage twice a week to help with recovery.

Eliud Kipchoge KEN takes the lead of the Elite Menís Race.The Virgin Money London Marathon, Sunday 24th April 2016.
Photo: Jon Buckle for Virgin Money London Marathon

Kipchoge documents every detail of his training in a notebook, including time, kilometers, massage, exercises, shoes, and how he feels about them. He has 18 logs stored at home to reflect on at the end of each season, which he reviews to learn from them for future training cycles.

Finally, Kipchoge lets his pace progress naturally and listens to his body during long runs. His coach, Patrick Sang, encourages his athletes to monitor effort by feel, rather than relying on GPS watches or heart-rate monitors, and asks for a controlled yet challenging effort during long runs, rather than a specific pace.

Overall, Kipchoge’s training principles focus on the basics, consistency, balance, and recovery, all of which have contributed to his incredible success in the marathon world.


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