After Alberto Salazar was handed a 4 year coaching doping ban, America’s top marathoner Galen Rupp decided to link up with Northern Arizona University (NAU) coach Mike Smith. While in transition, only a week after Salazar was busted, Rupp DNFed Chicago Marathon at mile 22. But he came back with an incredibly strong performance at the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atalanta, winning in 2:09 and change. LetsRun’s Jonathan Gault interviewed Rupp’s new coach of 4 months. The full interview is here but some of the highlights are below:
Rupp’s mental strength and embracing of his lifestyle is incredible ~ spends 18 hours a day indoor in altitude tents.
He had never done a fartlek workout until he linked up with Smith.
After his tune-up at the Mesa Half Marathon in 61:19, he ran 24 x 400 meters at 60 seconds/rep (4:00 mile pace)!