Gelindo Bordin (1988 Olympic Marathon Champion)
Author: Peggy Bowers

* 3 months leading up to the Olympic Marathon in 1988.

* Bold Italic numbered date represents high altittude training:

AM: 6300 feet, PM: 8000 feet

* Recovery Training = controlled fartlek training as follows:

1' fast(1' jog) 2' fast(2' jog) 3' fast(3' jog) 4' fast(4' jog) 5' fast(5' jog) + 10x 1'30"(1'30" jog) + 10x1'00"(1'00" jog)

July, 1988

 

AM

PM

11

36km

20km (3'00"/km with last 2km faster)

12

52 minutes

move to high altittude

13

65 minutes

60 minutes

14

60 minutes

75 minutes

15

60 minutes (6800 ft)

60 minutes

16

20 min. jog, 40 min. fartlek

75 minutes

17

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120 minutes fartlek (run up from 5300 ft. to 6300 ft)

18

75 minutes

75 minutes

19

20 min. jog, 5x9min. w/ 3 min. jog, 2km jog

70 minutes

20

90 minutes

70 minutes

21

135 minutes

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22

67 minutes

83 minutes

23

80 min. "Recovery Training"*

60 minutes fartlek

24

110 minutes

75 minutes

25

3 x 5000m

60 minutes fartlek

26

60 minutes fartlek

40 minutes -- travel back to sea level

27

20 minutes jog

12km road race (first)

28

52 minutes fartlek

rest

29

52 minutes fartlek

95 minutes

30

70 minutes

50 minutes fartlek

31

20 minutes fartlek

11km road race (first)

 

August, 1988

 

AM

PM

1

142 minutes

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2

60 minutes

30 minutes jog

3

72 minutes

88 minutes

4

90 minutes fartlek

30km

5

73 minutes fartlek

78 minutes fartlek

6

41km (2:29'40")-last 2km at 3'06"+3'00"

sore Achiles

7

easy jog

play soccer

8

40 minutes easy jog

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9

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10

40 minutes easy jog

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11

60 minutes

62 minutes

12

73 minutes

73 minutes

13

70 minutes

92 minutes

14

70 minutes

80 minutes

15

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30km tempo run

16

flue

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17

40 minutes easy jog

stretching

18

30 minutes

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19

40 minutes

travel

20

12km road race (first)

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21

135 minutes

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22

72 minutes

88 minutes

23

72 minutes

80 minutes

24

70 minutes

12km fast + "Recovery Training"*

25

75 minutes

87 minutes

26

3 x 30 min. (3'10"~3'00"/km)

60 minutes

27

70 minutes

70 minutes (over a hilly course)

28

150 minutes (last 90 min. at 3'20"/km)

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29

60 minutes

85 minutes

30

75 minutes

90 minutes

31

60 minutes

5 x 3000m

 

September, 1988

 

AM

PM

1

60 minutes

70 minutes

2

easy jog

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3

153 minutes

12km pace progression (=build-up)

4

85 minutes

83 minutes (3'40"/km)

5

"Recovery Training"*

easy jog

6

3 x 6km over a hilly course (8'27"/3km)

60 minutes

7

75 minutes

75 minutes

8

125 minutes (4'00"/km)

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9

65 minutes

travel

10

40 minutes

65 minutes

11

10km road race

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12

65 minutes

80 minutes

13

65 minutes

80 minutes

14

stretching

half marathon

15

130 minutes (last 10km in 31'00")

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16

40 minutes

65 minutes

17

5 x 2000m (blood check)

72 minutes (19km)

18

74 minutes

74 minutes (3'07"/km)

19

70 minutes

80 minutes

20

easy jog

half marathon (1:03'27")

21

50 minutes (3'00"/km)

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22

16km

17km

23

40 minutes, 15 x 200m

travel to Seoul

24

14km

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25

46 minutes

50 minutes fartlek

26

30 minutes

20 min. jog, 70 min. pace progression

27

15 minutes

63 minutes

28

16 minutes

63 minutes

29

40 minutes

5 x 2000m at marathon pace

30

40 minutes

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October, 1988

 

AM

PM

1

20 minutes

23 minutes, 4km pace progression

2

30 minutes warm-up

Olympic Marathon: first in 2:10'32"

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