And while I’m trawling the internet, love this quote from Alberto Salazar regarding running on soft surfaces. It’s from a Runner’s World piece covering Galen Rupp’s (whom Salazar coaches) not running a marathon until after 2016. Love the long term planning.
Salazar also talks about his “fanaticism about running on soft surfaces,” noting that when he watches East African runners in Europe, “they won’t touch the pavement.” He asserts, “It deadens the legs. It kills your speed.” The exception, of course, is when preparing for a marathon, which requires specific road training. But even for the 2011 NYC Half, where Farah and Rupp were first and third, respectively, they did “maybe three workouts on the road,” Salazar says.