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Setting up an Anaerobic Profile

In middle-distance training it is important that workouts are determined by certain individual anaerobic index performance values that are unique to each athlete.  In distance training it is common to use the athlete’s field-tested, date sensitive,VO2 max value to determine workout pace intensity for aerobic work.  As an example, a four mile tempo run should…… More

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Recovery, Regeneration, and Rest

It has been said that the most important reason a runner needs a coach is to help them with the time intervals between work, and not for the work itself.  It is somewhat surprising that the concept of training at goal-paced effort or faster, punctuated by periods of rest in order to endure the effort,…… More

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Get Your 800m Runners onto the 4x400m Relay

I always enjoy picking the brains of my colleagues and other aspiring coaches.  Luckily I work with some fantastic coaches in the sport, like our middle distance coach Tim Bayley.  He was an All American in the 800m at Iona College with a personal best of 1:46. Tim’s middle distance crew had an amazing indoor…… More

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Running in the Modern World- Runner Safety

Responsible coaches are many things to their athletes.  Most of the focus of responsibility concerns teaching the athletes the skills that allow them to be successful.  All coaches recognize the dangers in their sport, with some scenarios more obvious than others.  A track coach may briefly explain a few rules about runner safety, running on…… More

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Goal-Setting for Athletes

Before the track season begins to stir with physical activity is an important time for the middle distance coach to establish oneself as a psychological leader.  It is a time for long-term planning of coach directed individual motivation issues.  It is a time to establish a list of performance and training goals for each athlete. …… More

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Fall 800 Meter Training

For 800 meter specialists, fall is the time of the year for extended general preparation activities in 800 meter training, that lead into a shorter period of specific preparation work.  In some instances the 800 meter runner is a member of the cross country team.  This scenario is more likely to occur in a high…… More

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Structuring a Workout Session

The useful thing about modern training theory is that it was put together by scientists using empirical and replicable evidence rather than a hodge-podge of ideas and intellectual artifacts advanced by coaches.  Because it is rooted in science, training theory is an ever-changing set of principles and concepts that evolve as better scientific testing is…… More

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Training the Thresholds

The summer months are an excellent time to review the scientific basics of the aerobic energy system training and reflect back on how your athletes performed last spring following their particular training program.  From the performance data sets of your athletes you can diagnostically check to see if you had them properly prepared for the…… More

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Do Not Neglect Speed and Speed Endurance Workouts

Modern training theory is invaluable in applying scientific research to the development of middle-distance runners.  Knowing how to set up training microcycles that include all of the necessary session components during a training phase is critical to progressive development.  Modern training theory does not suggest that training microcycles need to be seven days in length. …… More

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How to Run the 800 Meter

Click here to watch How to Run the 800 Meter                                                    Hi, everybody.  Welcome to Stillwater High School.  This is the human performance lab that I have and my physiology classroom here in Stillwater, Minnesota, and I’d like to talk to you today about how to run the 800 meter and a little bit about developing…… More

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Middle Distance Winter Training

Middle distance winter training is the time of the year that many physiological development gains can be made in middle distance athlete fitness, and not just in the endurance component of training.  Speed, strength, coordination, and flexibility gains can be realized as well during this calendar period despite the weather.  It can also be a…… More

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The Essence of the Endurance Training Program

Over the past 60 years all sport training models have benefited from the scientific principles that scientists have developed to explain the natural world.  The application of scientific laws and theories by coaches has transformed athletic training from a trial and error method to a systematic model of periodized development.  The important link in this…… More

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Race Strategy and Tactics for the Endurance Events: 800 – 5000 meters

In track and field and cross country, the race is the assessment tool that endurance coaches use to determine the present day fitness of their athletes.  Race performance is a complex cumulative blend of various physiological variables as well as known and unknown factors that hinder or help race performance on the psychological side of…… More

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