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Why 10k Pace is Critical for 400/600/800m Athletes (Video)

Posted by Latif Thomas



 Ron Grigg’s ‘Complete Program Design for 400/600/800 Meter Athletes’

Planning training for our primary event 400/600/800m athletes comes down to finding the optimal mix of ‘speed’ and ‘endurance’ related training activities. In doing this dance, we also must be aware of the impact our own personal coaching bias plays in selecting various workout parameters.

For example, as a former sprinter and a ‘sprints’ coach, my natural tendency when coaching athletes competing primarily in this event range is to skew toward the ‘speed and power’ end of the spectrum as opposed to the ‘endurance and stamina’ end.

In the video posted above, Ron Grigg, explains the necessity of using 10k pace *throughout* the training year, as well as how to progress it. If you’re more comfortable coaching sprinters, you may be pulled a bit out of your comfort zone.

If you’re more comfortable coaching the middle distance and distance events, this particular discussion will likely be both validating and informational.  

  Updated on September 21, 2017by Latif Thomas



Latif Thomas owns and operates Complete Track and Field and serves as the Co-Director of the Complete Track and Field Clinic, the largest track and field clinic in the United States. A popular speaker and presenter at some of the largest coaching clinics in the country. Over the past 15 years, he has coached more combined League, Division, All State and New England Champions in the sprints, hurdles, and jumps than he had the emotional strength to go back and try to count. Follow @latif_thomas on Twitter

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