It comes down to speed


Haile Gebrselassie broke the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, with an official time of two hours, four minutes and 26 seconds. At the half way mark he was at 1:02:29. He had his fastest kilometer split of 2:50 at 35 k. It all comes down to speed. The winner will always be the person who can sustain the highest percentage of their maximum speed. Look at this guys track times, anyone who thinks distance running is about pounding long slow miles needs to rethink their approach. I have always loved to watch this guy run because I felt he was the model of running efficiency, a very compact stride that enabled him to instantly change gears.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
Vern Gambetta


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