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Speed and Ancillary Training in the Distance Events
Schexnayder Athletic Consulting
Perspectives. Run training geared toward the development of energy system efficiency, cardiovascular fitness, and buffering capabilities is the foundation of any good distance program. Yet, there are several other forms of training that are applicable to endurance training, serving a specific purpose that can enhance performance, increase the effectiveness of other forms of training, and reduce injury risk. Our purpose here will be to outline these less traditional forms of training and provide rationale and guidance for their inclusion in the distance training program. Perhaps my perspective as a non-distance specialist might provide a unique view of the training process.
We’ve officially added the Distance Events (800, 1600, 3200, Cross Country) to our Summer Clinic being held at Harvard University on July 20-21.
The group will be led by Harvard University Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, Jason Saretsky.
We have a lot of new information to share with you today. Some of it is only being confirmed as I log into work this morning so I’m posting this before we’ve even added all the new info to the site.
The Tempo Run
Cross Country Training
The tempo run is a valuable training unit component that should be found in the microcycles of both middle-distance and distance runners, including cross country athletes. The name is derived from a musical term that refers to a recognized “rate of speed”. The rate of speed, or tempo, used in training distance runners is the ground speed employed at the individuals lactate threshold (LT) pace to reach exhaustion. The LT pace is an exercise physiology term that refers to the exact speed at which an individual runs at when the lactate metabolites and hydrogen ions that are being produced in the anaerobic glycolytic energy system cannot be effectively buffered or cleared to maintain homeostasis. As the volume of lactate and hydrogen accumulates in the working muscles from the reduction of anaerobically produced lactic acid, the muscles fatigue. Eventually enough collective fatigue occurs, forcing the cross country runner to stop completely.