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Coaching the National Record Holder at 1600m

In the spring of 2013, Complete Track & Field Endurance Guru Scott Christensen coached one of his athletes to the Freshman National Record at 1600m. Suffice to say, Scott does *work* when it comes to developing top shelf middle distance, distance and cross country athletes. Take a look at a news story done about Scott’s…… More

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3 Rules for Building a Championship Culture

Saying you run a ‘Championship Program’ or have developed a ‘Championship Culture’ is not the same as actually having done so. Here are 3 rules/facts about building a championship culture in real life and not just our minds. (If there is a difference, which is debatable, but a topic for another time.) 3. Know What…… More

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The Top 3 Articles, Programs & Answers of March 2014

Enter coupon code MARCH when you order any of the programs making this month’s ‘Best of’ post by April 15 and save $20 on your purchase. I understand you may not have time to catch everything I post each month. As I continue to increase the frequency of new posts across the spectrum of event…… More

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Do Your Sprinters Have a Fumbling Problem?

I coach at a distance school where the distance coaches love watching sprinters do (what appears to be) aerobic work. I’m pretty sure it’s a commonly held belief among distance coaches that doing long repeats/intervals make sprinters ‘mentally tough’. It doesn’t. Special Endurance does. But, when structured correctly, it does improve anaerobic threshold and that’s…… More

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3 Coaching Lessons for (Young) Coaches

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the 40th New England Track and Field Coaches Clinic for the second time. Somehow I snuck my way into the same group of speakers as Renaldo Nehemiah, Jack Daniels (the coach!), Harvey Glance, Keith McDermott (three cheers for the work he did to get $4…… More

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Steal Success From These Coaches?

“The best coaches make the best thieves.”  - Somebody I don’t know who said it. But, I liked it. So I stole it. Because that’s pretty much the secret to my success. Rampant thievery of superior methods. If I think I can use it or it’s better than what I’m currently doing, I will steal…… More

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The Top 3 Articles, Programs & Answers of February 2014

I understand you may not have time to catch everything I post each month. As I continue to increase the frequency of new posts across the spectrum of event groups and training modalities, I put together a ‘Best of’ each month so you can get your track nerd on. Below are ‘The Top 3 of…… More

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New Mid Distance & Distance Posts

Unless you come to the site on a regular basis (which you should!) here are 4 Complete Track and Field Exclusive mid distance/distance specific posts you may have missed, but may want to read: 1.   4 Goals of 800m Training by Ron Grigg (Jacksonville University) 2.   Identifying and Prioritizing Your Training Themes by Ron Grigg 3.   A Proper…… More

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The Top 3 Articles, Programs & Answers of January 2014

  I understand you may not have time to catch everything I post each month. And since I didn’t do a ‘Top 3’ for December, if you don’t follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook, you may have missed a number of thought provoking (and exclusive) blog entries I posted over the last couple month or…… More

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US Olympic Team Coach Boo Schexnayder is coming to the CTF Clinic!

            Yup. Boo is gonna be there! Coaching athletes! *And* interacting with coaches! *And* teaching a Saturday Night Seminar! At last year’s event, some coaches expressed concern they’d lost interest in coming back for Year 2 or Year 3 or Year 4 because they’d seen all the events and clinicians…… More

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2 Major Changes to the 2014 Clinic

I don’t know any good coaches who run the same system year after year. And we’d be doing you a disservice if we ran the same clinic each year, regardless of how successful and well received our event. One of the concerns people have when considering attending/sending athletes to our clinic is the sheer number…… More

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2014 Complete Track & Field Clinic Update!

Believe it or not, we’re set to open up registrations for the 2014 Complete Track and Field Summer Clinic to be held at Harvard University on July 19-20, 2014. Each year the event sells out earlier and earlier and we expect spots to go even faster this year since we will be setting a hard…… More

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3 Ways to Avoid Shin Splints

  Sooner or later, shin splints will rear their ugly little faces. If you’re lucky, it’ll only hit a few athletes. If not, you’ll have a group full of kids whose legs are pudding. If you’re blessed with living in a cold weather environment where you’re stuck in hallways all winter, you have a 1253%…… More

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You’re Fired Friday (Vol. 2)

It’s a New Year and I can’t think of a better time to release another installment of me indiscriminately firing people on the Interwebs, especially since coaches seemed to enjoy the first version. The theme of today’s episode: Professionalism, Status and the Ego If you start getting worked up, be sure to look over my…… More

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