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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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Gerard Mach Speed Drills

Most successful track coaches prescribe repetitive physical drills for their team members on a regular basis to facilitate the learning of an under-developed skill.  Warm-up activities are probably the most commonly done drills throughout the team, but other events, especially those in the field, have a selection of drills that are necessary for successful learning. …… 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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The Genius of Frank Horwill

Frank Horwill was a middle-distance coach in Great Britain during the heyday of the British Milers Club, a training group that he founded.  Before there was David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop of Kenya, there was Steve Cram, Steve Crabb, Sebastian Coe, and Steve Ovett of the British Milers Club in the 1980’s and early 1990’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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Muscle Development, Fatigue, and Regeneration

  Training theory in the middle-distance events requires knowledge of biological adaptations and the work stimuli needed to achieve improvement of the body’s physiological functions.  Much of this physiological knowledge is at the tissue level and involves understanding changes to the muscle fibers as they interact with neighboring fibers in organs that are called muscles.…… More

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4 Goals of 800 Meter Training

  The 800-meter is a unique event.  According to a study done by the University of Western Australia, there is a 60% aerobic energy system contribution to top male athletes and 70% aerobic energy contribution for top female athletes running at 800-meters.  It is important to note that the slower the athlete is, the more…… More

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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…… More

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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…… 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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