Anders Garderud lecture

From Friday until Saturday I attended a national team gathering in Sandnes with the middle and long distance runners on the national team. A total of about 15 runners, many of them young, talented, upcoming.

One of the highlights of the the…

gathering was a double lecture by former Olympic Steeple Champion Anders Garderund, who ran 8.08 in the steeple as far back as 1976 (!) Plus, he also has 1.47/3.36/13.17 (when the world record was 13.13..) so a very, very good athlete. I could not agree more with what he had to say. His training methods were very similar to those of Per Halle, that I used prior to my 1999 season breakthrough (controlled with the lactate measurements). A great deal of aerobic running in the winter, lots around the threshold, before tapering in the summer. Plus a period of strength, jumping exercises in the spring. About just like I did back in 99. Sometimes it is easy to fall into the trap of “small” things without remembering the basic stuff. Like he said himself :”The formula is 2 x 7 x 52 x 10. Train twice a day seven days a week, 52 weeks a year for 10 years ; that is the investment you have to make to run fast” 🙂

On Saturday before I left, we did a 12 x 1000 meters intervall training is one on the nice training areas in Sandnes, a park close to town. I was feeling fine throughout and got a good steady lactate curve throughout. The team had a total of 4 lactate meters there, so the other athletes also got some readings. Some of them had excellent “feel” for the pace which will a very helpful ability for them in this important endurance winter buildup..

From Oslo!