Fellow Cross Country Coaches:
Your Cross Country program serves as the foundation and life blood of your entire Endurance program.
When you’re able to establish effective training habits and techniques throughout the summer and fall, you put your athletes in position to run their fastest possible 5K…
… and see their performances continue to improve through the entire track season.
For that reason (and many others) I want to share with you proven Cross Country training principles guaranteed to help you develop your team and athletes into a dominant Program this year…and for many years to come.
The program is called “Complete Cross Country Training for High School Runners” But keep in mind one thing:
we’re talking about runners with some success and miles under their belt. This program isn’t aimed at novice runners, but at the same time, you don’t need National Class runners to benefit from the information. My goal is to help you take your High School (and to an extent, Collegiate) Cross Country program to the next level.
What’s most important is that “Complete Cross Country Training” centers on taking sound scientific principles and relating them to what you have going on with your team.
Before I go any further, here are a few things about me and the Cross Country teams I’ve coached:
As you can see, I do have some Cross Country experience and love talking about endurance training.
So let’s take a look at the four components of the program because I’m excited to show you how impactful this information can be for you and your Cross Country program.
This is the monster that we all have to tackle for both summer and fall.
Developing an aerobic base is fundamental to long term success, so it’s important that you take the time to understandwhy your athletes’ success requires them running so many miles.
(And I’ve already begun breaking down this topic in the video at the top of the page.)
To give you more insight into the types of ideas I discuss in this presentation, take a moment to watch this video showing a popular question asked by coaches and a scenario you’re probably quite familiar with…
As you can see, the aerobic base can only be developed one way. And I spend the remainder of Part I addressing when, why and how to optimize this quality in all of your runners.
A full eight percent of the Cross Country race comes from Anaerobic qualities. Ignore or undervalue this quality and your runners simply won’t have the energy to run at maximum pace.
Take a look at this video where I show you exactly why Anaerobic training must begin as soon as the season starts, as well as an overview of how I structure my workout progressions over the course of a 9 day training cycle…
Watch the rest of Part II to for a complete understanding of how to incorporate Anaerobic training into your Cross Country program.
Cross Country Coaches love to talk about two things:
But, here’s the thing about peaking:
The peak is not just one thing. In fact, the reasons your favorite ‘peaking workouts’ seem to be so effective might not be for the reasons you think.
In fact, you’ll want to watch this video to find out what I mean. I’ll also give you some specific details on exactly when you must run the most important workout of the season…
I know what you may be thinking…
“But Coach, what WORKOUTS do you do?!”
Not to worry. In the program, I detail the training strategies I recommend you follow (such as how much you should increase intensity and decrease training volume).
But I also give you specific peaking workouts based on the energy system you want to train, including workout details from warm up, pace and rest, all the way to the warm down.
Like I said, I know what coaches want to see the most and I’ve got you covered!
In this section, I’m stepping away from the science that I’ve been discussing so far.
Instead I’d like to discuss some of the important and interesting psychological and motivational issues we all face as coaches.
Even if I can just give you the seed of an idea, I believe you’ll continue to explore the idea on your own. Because the relationships we cultivate with our athletes are almost always more rewarding than the results they get on the Cross Country course.
Because, ultimately, your job is to provide ‘fun’ for your athletes, as well as motivate them.
How important is motivation and how does that affect your relationships with your athletes? This video will shed some light on the subject:
You can write the greatest workouts in Cross Country history and hit mileage goals with precision. But if athletes don’t enjoy being a part of your program, you’ll never get the best out of them.
Coaching is both a science and an art.
As soon as you combine both concepts using the tools, techniques and principles I lay out in “Preparing the Elite Junior Cross Country Runner”, I’m confident you’ll see amazing results within your program and the athletes who compete in it.
Of course, I understand you may have questions about some of the information I cover in “Complete Cross Country Training (High School)”. That’s why, when you order the program, I’m making myself available to answer your questions.
If you want clarification on a point I’ve made or have a question about your own program, simply post your question directly beneath the video in the secure, customer-only site where the program is located. I will get back to you as quickly as I can. You will get a timely response!
So now the big question is…
I coach at the high school level. I get it. So I fully understand how tight your budget may be.
One way that we can drastically reduce the cost of the program is by making it available to you digitally. This means there are no DVDs to produce, warehouse or ship. It also means you can start watching the videos immediately by simply watching them on any computer with Internet access or downloading the videos to your hard drive.
Either way, here is what you get:
There are some coaches that have asked if they could have the program shipped to them directly, so they could have the program on DVD. We now offer the option. If this is you, and you want to get the entire program on DVD instead of the digital version, you can ORDER HERE
There are some slight differences between the DVD Version and the Digital Version though:
The great news is, even if you choose the DVD option, we will not charge you more (even though our costs go up). So, if you would rather have this entire program on DVD, order below.