Marius Bakken is a Norwegian runner. He was born on March 27, 1978 in Sandefjord. He is a two time Olympic runner. He participated in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.
He was a Norwegian champion for three consecutive years in 1500m in 2001, 2003 and 2004. He was also the national champion in 5000m in 2003 and 2005. He was then studying medicine. By 2007, he decided to focus on his studies.
The 100 Day Marathon Plan is a book written by Marius Bakken. As an experienced Olympic runner and a medical doctor, Bakken has a lot of helpful tips for every marathoner. These are very useful for runners of different skill levels.
Dr. Marius Bakken noticed that at his prime, he was the fastest 5000 m runner who was not Kenyan. This is why he trained with Kenyans to learn the methods of their superb training and performance in long distance running. He spent a year with the Kenyans and learned all that they had to teach.
Afterwards, Dr. Bakken studied and trained with the best Italian runners. He then learned of their methods of preparing for a big race.
The book he wrote shares all of the things he learned from Kenyans and Italians. It is meant to make any marathon runner train at world class caliber. He specifies methods to avoid over training and tiring themselves.
This book can also help anyone who wants to be at their peak performance in any competition. His approach teaches any runner to gradually improve their performance in races and training sessions. Through reading and following his methods, a marathoner learns of Kenyan training methods that have been working for almost a generation.
The book itself is not as expensive as many people might think. The book also allows for mentoring from an experienced Olympic runner. Anyone who buys the book gets to ask Dr. Bakken about anything regarding the training and his methods.