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Four Tips From Fast And Furious Olympic Hopefuls

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 29, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 29, 2011 at 9:52 AM UTC
Canada's best marathoners--from left to right from left to right: Rob Watson, Dylan Wykes, Matt Loiselle, Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet. Photo: The National Post

Tempo runs and interval training are at the top of the list.

Canada's best marathoners--from left to right from left to right: Rob Watson, Dylan Wykes, Matt Loiselle, Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet. Photo: The National Post

The very best Canada has to offer in the men’s marathon have been cornered by The National Post. The question for these men: got any running tips for us mortals?

Eric Gillis, a 31-year-old from Nova Scotia had this to say: “When you go out jogging, warm-up and cool down, but that’s not a workout — whatever you do in the middle is the workout.” He goes on to point out that going out and doing the same loop around your house is not going to make you a better runner.

“You want to do tempo runs, which is about 70% of your top speed or really any speed above being able to hold a conversation, without being a sprint,” he says. “If you’re planning on running a half marathon or longer, you have to be willing to mix up your runs.”

The fastest marathoner in Canada, Reid Coolsaet, is a proponent of interval training.

“If there was a gun to your head and someone said, ‘Do that for 20 minutes,’ that’s about the speed you want on an interval,” he said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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