Kellyn Taylor, the eighth fastest marathoner in American history, did a big workout yesterday and NAZ Elite, her training group, live tweeted the training day. Taylor was third at the USATF World Trials earlier this summer in the 10,000m. Unfortunately the American runner didn’t have the world standard of 31:50, so she wasn’t named to the team, but she’s now set her sights on the New York Marathon this November.
— Scott Fauble (@scottfaubs) September 14, 2019
According to Twitter, the plan for the workout was 18 miles (or just shy of 29K)–and make it fast. The final splits were: 5:33, 5:36, 5:31, 5:35 (22:17 for four miles), 6:21, 6:35, 5:34, 6:28, 5:33, 6:30, 5:31, 6:32, 5:34, 6:40 (1:01:21 for 10 miles), 5:33, 5:31, 5:24, and 5:26. She finished in 1:45:34 overall, which averages 5:51.8 per mile or 3:38 per K. She did all of this at 7,000 ft. above sea level.
Taylor has run the eighth fastest time in American women’s marathon history of 2:24:29, and based on this killer workout, she stands a chance at bettering that mark this November in New York.
Scott Fauble, the American who finished seventh at the 2019 Boston Marathon and ended the American sub-2:10 drought, also trains with NAZ Elite and jokes that Taylor is making it difficult for him to do his job. “I’d super like to protest @kellyn_taylor making my job harder by doing these stupid workouts and making @BenRosario1 [their coach] think we’re all super heros. But hey, that’s just me.”
Canadian Rory Linkletter made the move from Utah earlier this summer to join the group, and recently published his first marathon build on Final Surge. Linkletter is running his marathon debut at STWM this October, and if Taylor’s workouts are any indication, he’s been training hard. Long runs with four-mile “pushes” have been a regular part of Linkletter’s build, and these are runs anywhere between 20 and 24 miles in length with four-mile sections up-tempo through the middle. We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of results NAZ Elite produces this fall.