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How to Train Sprinters Who Run Cross Country

 “SHOULD SPRINTERS RUN CROSS COUNTRY?” The question is often asked, “Should sprinters run cross country?”  You will hear some power/speed gurus quickly say unequivocally “NO!” because it will have a negative effect on an athletes speed qualities.  I think the question requires some deeper investigation. ANTI EARLY SPECIALIZATION I am happy to see that the…

Identification and Prioritization of Your Training Themes – Part 1

PART 1 – Training Paces How do we decide what to train and when to train it?  That is part science and part art.  Let’s establish a menu of training paces available to us.  Coaches of different disciplines and different influences use a variety of terms that often mean the same or similar things.  We…

Identification and Prioritization of Your Training Themes – Part 2

PART 2 – Terminology Now that we have identified the paces available to us, let’s create a system of terminology that can help us prioritize those training paces as they relate to any primary event.  The philosophies of Lyle Knudson, Tom Schwartz and Steve Magness have heavily influenced my perception of classifying training.  I have…