Miles:
332 total / 0 in 2014
Goal:

Running is my job...and I love my job!

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Hey everyone. If you have any question for me considering training, racing, or anything please comment here! I would love to answer in a place where everyone can view for advice. Thanks!
Meseret

  • Alexander B.
    Alexander B.

    Hi Meseret,

    In preparation for your racing season, what does your typical training week look like? not only in terms of weekly volume but in the balance of aerobic and anaerobic workouts. And lastly how do you maintain your peak during the racing season?

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Meseret D.
    Meseret D.

    Alexander: My mileage volume varies from 90 miles a week to 110 miles a week. I have 2 running workouts a day, 6 days a week (7th day is for the rest). I do ranges of tempo runs, short speed intervals and long distance runs. For anaerobic....we say no Ethiopian day will be complete without fast strides uphill! As well as weight workouts daily focused in core and leg strength. Prevent injuries is so important to me so I also include other strengthening, stretching, ice baths and message rigorously.

    over 3 years ago Like4 people

  • Meseret D.
    Meseret D.

    Typically, I do one easier long run and one shorter speed work during a day. To maintain peak, we try to not over race or "taper" too much. Taper must be careful!

    over 3 years ago Like2 people

  • Michael P.
    Michael P.

    What do you do/eat to recover after a hard and/or long run?

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Meseret D.
    Meseret D.

    Michael:: I sleep for much time. I sleep for at least 9 hours at night and I nap every afternoon, to prepare or recover from a hard workout. My diet is not complex. Mainly injera, fruits, vegetables, cheese sometimes Kitfo,

    over 3 years ago Like2 people

  • John B.
    John B.

    Hello Meseret. Great job with the track season so far and hope World Championships go well. In the U.S. parents are afraid of letting their kids run too many miles at a young age. When do you think it's ok for kids to start running more than 50 miles per week? Thanks.

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Mordy
    Mordy

    I don't have a question but I'd just like to say thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge with us.

    over 3 years ago Like2 people

  • Philip O.

    Seconding Mordy's comment - what a privilege to get an insight into your routine.

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Dave M.
    Dave M.

    when doing your daily weight workouts for core and leg which exercises do you do? thanks in advance!

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Meseret D.
    Meseret D.

    John: I do not know exactly but I know in ethiopia many of us ran as kids to and from school. However, I would not reccomend over training at such a young age because it is not nessasary. Sometimes I see very good young runners not meet goals of future after training so much at age 7, 8, 9, 10

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Meseret D.
    Meseret D.

    Dave: I do squats, lunges, explosive drills, calf raises, heel walks, hamstring exercise on ball Sometimes heavy lifting but rare. Planks, trunk ra

    over 3 years ago Like2 people

  • Meseret D.
    Meseret D.

    Trunk raises and more
    "explosive" ab exerises

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Patrick W.
    Patrick W.

    Meseret, can you describe your stride workouts in more detail please? You mentioned some strides on hills. How far or how much time? Number of repeats?

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Meseret D.
    Meseret D.

    Patrick: the strides are done after a hard workout after recover time. About 120m uphill at a hard pace and jog down. Do 4-6 of these

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Meseret D.
    Meseret D.

    And hill is always soft surface!

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Patrick W.
    Patrick W.

    Thanks for the advice!

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Mariepe V.
    Mariepe V.

    Meseret, do you always run 90 miles every week all year round or is that only when you are training for a competition? Also, you are a very talented athlete, is it difficult to stay so committed to so much running?

    6 months ago Like