German Silva is a retired Mexican Olympic distance runner, winner of the 1994 and 1995 New York City Marathon and Mexican half marathon record holder (60:28).
Silva made a name for himself after his dramatic 1994 New York City Marathon victory. With under a mile remaining, Silva was running stride for stride with co-leader and training partner Benjamin Paredes. As the pair ran through Central Park, the camera car veered right, pulling off the course and Silva followed. Silva calmly turned around when he realised his mistake, mustering the strength to regain the pace he had been setting, and set about reeling in the twelve second handicap he had just given himself. Silva timed his surge perfectly and passed Paredes with only about 100m remaining to claim his first World Major Marathon victory. This win changed a lot of things for German, it also earned him the moniker ‘Wrong Way Silva’.
In this episode we share a conversation Sweat Elite's Tait Hearps has with German Silva covering:
* German’s journey into athletics as a young boy growing up in rural Mexico
* Early racing (running his debut marathon in preparation for a 10,000m)
* Many anecdotes from his time as a junior
* Transitioning to the marathon distance
* Wrong Way! How this mistake changed his career
* Dealing with other mishaps, what went wrong before the Atlanta Olympic Marathon
* Training at very high altitude, including on 4680m Nevado de Toluca
* Training sessions he used to run
* How he manipulated altitude to prepare for different races
* The conditions he and his training partners used to train in
* Why Mexicans were so much more dominant on the roads then than they are now.
Read: German Silva – The Wrong Way to the Top https://bit.ly/2ZA2F9Y.
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