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Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sale- Massive Savings

Our Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sale will begin on Friday, November 25 and will run through Monday, November 28. Here’s how it works: From FRIDAY 11/25 – MONDAY  11/28, every Complete Track and Field program is on sale for 25% off when you use coupon code: CTFSAVINGS.  HOWEVER: Each day of the sale we will be highlighting a specific event group/category where you can get up to 50% off our most popular individual programs and program bundles ON THAT DAY ONLY. For example, all Sprints programs will be 25% off all week. But, on 11/25, all Sprints programs will be 40-50% off for that day only. On 11/26, sale prices go back to 25%. If you’re in the market for programs addressing 55m- 600m, be sure to get…

Epidemiology of Running Injuries

Running injuries can be defined in numerous ways and their treatment suffers from the lack of a consistent set of defining parameters.  The scientific literature variously defines a running injury to have occurred when it is severe enough to reduce the volume of miles run and cause the runner to take a medication or see a health care professional.  Others define a running injury as an incidence that hampers training for at least one week.  When the literature is examined to determine the incidence of running injuries (in studies of 500 or more participants) the yearly incidence rate ranges from 37% to 56%.  Despite the relatively high incidence rate of running injuries per runner per year, this incidence rate is still 2 to 6 times…

4 Goals of Coaching the 400/800 Meter Athlete

There is an interesting set of athletes that tend to excel at the 400-meter AND 800-meter events. These 400/800 athletes are not pure sprinters, nor are they pure distance runners. These athletes have a unique combination of skills that will challenge any coach to create a successful training program. Here are four goals I believe will help in that endeavor.   Goal #1: Be Bilingual Understand Sprint Training, Understand Endurance Training Understanding the different qualities and vocabulary associated with both sprint and endurance concepts is particularly crucial in early-season general preparation training for 400/800 -meter athletes. Early in a yearly training cycle these qualities are often trained “separately.” This means that certain days are devoted to sprint training concepts and certain days are devoted to…

Tearing Down the Mile Race

The 1500 meter race is considered one of the most exciting cornerstone events in any major track and field meet by athletes, coaches, and spectators alike.  The race is characterized by a breath-taking early pace, plenty of competitive surging, a wicked critical zone, and a need to maintain bio-mechanical efficiency over every meter of the distance.  Physiologists consider the 1500 meters a combined zone event and their findings suggest coaches train their athletes in a manner that maximizes concurrent development of both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems.  Over the years scientists have tried to approximate the combination of energy delivery from both metabolic systems for racing the 1500 meters and have settled on an energy contribution (for most fit people at exhaustive race pace)…

Periodizing Special Endurance 2 Sessions: Middle Distance

Periodizing Special Endurance 2 Sessions: Middle Distance Multilateral training done in planned balance is the general theme of modern middle distance training.  Much has been learned over the past couple of decades about the value of concurrently training all five of the primary physical components to achieve a better runner.  Sport scientists working with sizeable experimental samples of distance runners and sprinters have done a remarkable job of testing the hypotheses associated with the primary physical component characteristics relating to human running performance.  Training theorists applying accepted scientific principles have given middle distance coaches an outstanding roadmap for setting up training plans specifically emphasizing speed and strength.  In addition to recent gains pure scientific knowledge, speed-related terminology has been standardized so that coaches can communicate…

Summer Camp Registration Deadline is This Friday!

If you’re still debating whether or not to come to the clinic this summer, search #ctfclinic on Twitter to see what past attendees said during and after the event. So, every year we get a flood of last minute registrations and countless sad stories from coaches, parents, and athletes who waited too long and get locked out. If you want to take advantage of the $50.00 ‘Early Bird’ discount and NOT have to pay full price, you MUST register by the end of the day this Friday, May 27. ⇒ Register now for the 2016 CTF Summer Clinic (click on the event groups in the menu for their individual pages.) Coaches: Remember, if you send three athletes from your program, you can come for free. If you coach high school…

Middle Distance Training: Periodizing Special Endurance 1 Training Sessions

  Much has been learned about speed and speed development over the last 20 years.  Scientists working with coaches and sprinters have done a remarkable job of applying the scientific method to the physiology of speed in humans including biomechanics, muscle recruitment and energy systems.  Many scientific papers with replicable results have been peer-reviewed, published, and have trickled down to coaches.  Training theorists working with scientific data have given track coaches an outstanding roadmap for setting up training plans emphasizing speed.  In conjunction with the science, speed-related terminology has been standardized so that coaches can communicate in a more effective manner when discussing workout sessions and training units.  The lasting benefit of all of this recent progress in understanding speed is that it applies to…

Calories as Energy Currency for Middle Distance Runners

The concept of calories in food is everywhere.  Visit any bookstore and the section of the building that contains books on dieting and calories is among the largest you will find.  It seems so simple: eat fewer calories then one uses each day and body weight will be lost.  Consume more calories then is used each day and body weight will be gained.  Calories are scientific units of measurement that are used both in energy intake and energy expenditure by animals.  But, what really are the calories importance to a middle distance runner and their training and racing?  The everyday use of the term calories is a means to indicate potential energy in the foods that are available for consumption.  In actuality, foods are measured…

Do This When Middle Distance Performance Plateaus

What exactly is a performance plateau in middle distance running?  It is a temporary stagnation or slight decline in racing times or in key training markers.  When a plateau becomes evident to a runner it can be very discomforting and may lead to a questioning of the training, over-reaction to the situation, and even panic.  Rather than being a cause of concern it is important to realize that once a runner has been training for any period of time it is inevitable that they will hit a performance plateau.  In fact, if you have not witnessed this phenomenon, there may be something wrong with the training program. It is important to point out that a plateau in performance is not the same as overtraining.  Rather,…

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