What percentage does good online coaching contribute to running a great marathon?

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A coach urging athletes on at a local race in Kenya
If it was true that every product that appeared on the internet in the name of aiding runners run fast marathon times was to add at least 2% improvement each, then a runner who would use all these products at once would only need to use a 20% effort to win any major marathon!

There are so many products in the market including energy gels, pre-race powders, protein supplements, racing shoes that claim to add up to 4% improvement, energy drinks, special clothing that eliminates air resistance, pace setting GPS watches, electrolytes, running glasses, compression and performance socks, etc. Just like choosing the right odds to place in the betin kenya promo code you will need an expert in the field who has had enough experience in the field to know what exactly will work best for you in yielding the best results. For marathon running, that person is a coach.

Almost every coach was at one time a runner and, besides what was passed down to them by their coaches during their time, knows exactly how the different products and different training programs assisted their running and the right time to apply each one of them.

Nelly Jepkosgei, Genzebe Dibaba and Getnet Wale shine at the Rabat Diamond League.

Nelly Jepkosgei winning the women's 800m race in Rabat
After the Rabat Diamond League meeting had ended, someone just posted on FaceBook; “when did the Ethiopians start winning the men’s 3000m steeplechase races?!”

Well, perhaps their supremacy has just started at the Rabat Diamond League race last night as they took the first two places with Getnet Wale running a world-leading time, national record and personal best time of 8:06.01 to win the race ahead of Chala Beyo who finished second also in a personal best time of 8:06.48. Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen tried hard, but his finishing kick could not allow him to catch the two Ethiopians as he finished third in 8:07.25.

Norah Jeruto upset Beatrice Chepkoech as Selemon Barega won a thrilling 3000m race at the Oslo Diamond League

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Norah Jeruto with her sister Daisy Chepkemei after the Oslo Steeplechase race
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There was some exciting racing in the distance events at this year's Oslo Diamond League meeting.

All the top four finishers in a thrilling and fast men’s 3000m race recorded their personal best times, with a world leading time and a national record being registered as well. What makes a middle and long distance track race very exciting is the building up towards a climax, the mind games being put to play by the athletes, the fluid movements of athletes in great shape, the gutsy decisions, etc. This race had all these and more. It was as though Joshua Cheptegei knew that Selemon Barega had a strong finishing kick and wanted to make it a long and hard run almost from the start. With about three laps to go, the whole field was already following in a single file with only Nicholas Kimeli and Barega managing to stick just behind him until the last lap.

Barega overtook Cheptegei in the last 200m and went ahead to win the race in a world leading a personal best time of 7:32.17. Cheptegei’s time of 7:33.26 was also a personal best time; same to Kimeli’s 7:34.85 ahead of Henrik Ingebrightsen who treated his home fans to a new national record of 7:37.37.

Beatrice Chepkoech, Selemon Barega, Hyvin Kiyeng and Bethwel Birgen to light up the Oslo Diamond League on Thursday the 13th of June 2019

Beatrice Chepkoech leading the women 1500m race at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast
The Oslo Diamond League meeting has always been one of the most exciting diamond league meetings every year, and this year promises to be the same.
Below are some of what to look forward to in the middle and long distance events.

Men 3000m:
For things to get more exciting in the upcoming long-distance track events, we will need another runner to beat Selemon Barega in the 3,000m race so as to complicate things further in trying to guess who the best 3000m/5000m at the moment is.