Workout of the Day

Alan Webb, circa 2003.

Alan Webb, circa 2003.

8 x 200m, 4 x 150m


200m: 28.5, 28.9, 27.8, 26.9, 27.1, 26.6, 26.7, 25.6
150m: 19.3, 18.7, 19.4, 18.4

Recovery:  2' jog after every rep

Alan Webb — Feb 6th, 2003


Context & Details 

I love Alan's early professional training logs. They are a raw, rough, and stark account of the failures and misfires by a young man on the path to his competitive zenith years down the road. 

In context, these logs are gems, since the modern day reader knows what remarkable performances he'll end up achieving years later. But in 2003, he and his coach were clearly still figuring things out. There was no roadmap available of how to navigate a 20-year-old, 3:53 miler freshly turned pro through the rigors of the world of professional distance running. So they had to make it up from scratch. 

Some would say there were a lot of mistakes made, but I disagree. There was a lot of learning had during this period, and without that knowledge earned in 2002 and 2003, the magic of 2007 and American record in the mile would never have materialized. 

This particular workout was a "good sharpening workout" as Alan described it in his log. A few days later he would run a 1:52 800m indoors in Florida as a rust buster to his indoor campaign that year. He would wind up placing 7th at the USA Indoor Championships that winter in 3:44 for 1500m. 

He was still a 20 year old at the time, but the expectation was so great, to be a man-child among grown men. It would be a another year until he really came into his own. But no doubt the lessons learned during this "hectic" 2003 indoor season set Alan up for the successes yet to come.


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Jonathan Marcus