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Beware of the Blog

For coaches, the inclusion of the Internet has offered unlimited access to training materials of all sorts. Though I typically encourage the use of online blogs, books and video series to gain better knowledge of the sport, I caution coaches to filter the “good” from the “bad.” In order to become an expert you must…… More

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Top 5 Posts of the Week (4/12-4/18)

If I send out too many emails, people start losing their minds. So, unless you visit the site a few times a week, you’re missing some great (free) information. Here, then, are the Top 5 Most Viewed posts from CompleteTrackandField.com over the last 7 days: 5: Speed Training Starts Early by Marc Mangiacotti (Harvard University)…… More

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Speed Training Starts Early

A coach once accused me of being one of those “speed coaches” who does speed work all year round. Initially, I didn’t know if he was insulting my coaching style or if he was just curious to know more about speed work. “I resent that remark,” was my response, before I began to school him…… 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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Competition in Practice

It was the fall, the perfect time of the year to begin incorporating speed work into our training regimen. After my sprinters completed the acceleration warm up and were preparing for a few sets of block 10’s, 15’s and 20’s, a freshman eagerly approached me and asked, “How fast should I be going in these…… 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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The Top 3 Articles, Programs & Answers of November 2013

I understand you may not have time to catch everything that we post on CompleteTrackandField.com during the course of the month. So, today I’m doing a quick(ish) recap since you probably missed some stuff you’d be interested in. Below are ‘The Top 3 of November 2013′ for the following categories: 3 Most Popular Articles, 3…… More

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The Top 3 Articles, Programs & Answers of October 2013

I understand you probably don’t have time to catch everything that we post on CompleteTrackandField.com during the course of the month. So, today I’m doing a quick(ish) recap since you probably missed some stuff you’d be interested in. Below are ‘The Top 3 of October 2013′ for the following categories: 3 Most Popular Articles, 3…… More

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Long Slow Running Builds Long Slow Sprinters

Many college coaches are perplexed with the short amount of time they are able to spend with their athletes during the fall months. Typically, coaches get to work with their sprinters and hurdlers for 6 to 8 hours per week, depending on their conference or other institutional factors. Though this time is limited, it is…… More

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Summer Training Ideas for Sprints, Hurdles & Jumps

DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince certainly covered a lot of topics in their song Summertime, but who would have thought they could of actually been talking about track & field and summer training? Below are my favorite lyrics to this song: “School is out and it’s a sort of a buzz but back…… More

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Share the Knowledge – 400m Training

During the second half of the season I shy away from racing long sprinters in the 400m every week. I’ve found this strategy effective because it allows me to evaluate where each athlete is in his or her training. As part of the evaluation process I use several staple workouts to help gauge improvement levels…… More

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Learn This at the Summer Clinic (Heavy vs Light Sled Pulls)

If you study speed development based resistance training, you’ve no doubt read the standard line, espoused by many, to ‘never use more than 10% of bodyweight’ when doing sled pulls. The logic is that any more resistance than that will compromise acceleration mechanics making the drill not only ineffective, but counterproductive. Well, the other day…… 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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“Take A Week Off”

Despite access to trainers who specialize in athletic healthcare, when athletes sustain injuries, they almost always turn to their primary care physician for diagnosis.  And the instruction is invariably the same no matter the injury… “Take a week off.” But some injuries require rehabilitation that includes a range of exercises to help push the recovery…… More

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“Your Focus Needs More Focus”

Each year I notice that midway through the indoor season the focus of the sprints group starts to dwindle. After the initial excitement of getting acclimated to the team setting and traveling to meets fades, athletes have adapted to a routine that might not seem as appealing as before. But this time of the season…… More

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