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See the Best of this Weekend’s Complete Track and Field Clinic

As you may know, this weekend is the 4th Annual Complete Track and Field Clinic, which is held at Harvard University. This year we have 450+ athletes and coaches (from 5 countries), 40+ clinicians (and 20 additional support staff) coming in. Because I’m so excited about the event, the quality of our staff and the amount of preparation…… More

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Everything You Need to Know About Being Prepared for the Clinic

Here are answers to a bunch of questions you probably have about the clinic, as well as answers to questions you didn’t reallize you have… 1. Send in your medical waivers or no soup for you! WARNING: I sent an email on Monday explaining that you had to fill out the new Harvard University mandated waiver.…… More

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Recommended Summer Reading: The Speed Encyclopedia

I was recently approached by this guy, Travis Hansen, asking me to promote his program. I get this a lot and 99% of the time I’m all set. But, I told him to send me his stuff and I’d take a look at it. I’m an information junkie and it’s summer so I figured at…… More

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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…… More

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Your Favorite Workout

Most cross country coaches have been running since high school and college, or newly enjoy running now.  There are some workouts that seem to always go very well for you, but others that result in an endless struggle.  From these workouts emerge favorites, but they may not be the best type of work for your…… More

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5 Upgrades to This Year’s Summer Track and Field Clinic

After each season, successful coaches assess their results and make appropriate changes to their planning to ensure better results next year. We apply the same philosophy to our summer track and field clinic. It’s not our style to sit back and run the same exact event we did last year just because it was successful.…… More

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Why Distance Runners Should Attend a 2 Day Clinic

Distance/Middle distance coaches: I can tell you why you should join the Distance Group at this summer’s CTF Clinic, but I’m a sprints guy and I’m not sure what I say carries as much weight with you as it does with other sprinters/sprints coaches. Instead, I ask you to take a minute and read this…… More

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Fatigue: Part 1 – Energetics

The onset of fatigue in certain systems of the body is what causes running performance to deteriorate and degrade.  Too much fatigue and exhaustion occurs, with the inability to continue an activity.  Fatigue can be acute, as in a single race or training session, or chronic, as in inadequate day to day regeneration of the…… More

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The Secretions of a Winner

It has been jokingly said that 83% of statistics are made up on the spot in conversation.  Coaches do this all the time, as they say such things as: “give me 110% effort today” (huh?), “slow the second lap down to 95%” (again, huh?), or the classic line; “sports is 90% psychological and 10% physical”. …… More

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Summer Clinic Registration Deadline (First Call)

The clinic is less than 2 months away and while it may seem far off, from a planning and organization standpoint, it’s right around the corner. Every year, people wait until the last minute. Then we sell out or close down and the panic sets in. Last year, half of our registrations came in the…… More

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4 Programs To Save Your Season!

In every season there comes a point where you realize your group might not have enough fuel to make it to the runway, so to speak. For me, there is always a meet relatively late in the season where athletes under-perform so hard I’m not sure why I got out of bed. The moment arrived…… More

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How to Choose a Track and Field Camp or Clinic

Every track and field camp or clinic boasts an amazing experience and a staff teaching drills so life changing every athlete will qualify for Olympic Trials after they attend. So how do you pick the right event for your needs or the needs of your athletes? Consider these 5 elements of every track and field…… More

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Top 5 Posts of the Week (4/12-4/18)

If I send out too many emails, people start losing their minds. So, unless you visit the site a few times a week, you’re missing some great (free) information. Here, then, are the Top 5 Most Viewed posts from CompleteTrackandField.com over the last 7 days: 5: Speed Training Starts Early by Marc Mangiacotti (Harvard University)…… More

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Set Up Your High Jump Approach

Does anyone know HOW to set up the curved approach???    The modern high jump approach makes the jumper run in a distinctive shape along the track surface toward the pit, akin to the letter “J”.  By the end of this, you should know how to set up a base line for all your high jumpers’…… More

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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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