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Workout Themes

One of the most important chores that a cross country coach does is to set the workout themes for the many daily sessions during the season.  The workouts must be compatible with the other workouts that are sequenced around each other, and themes must be appropriate for the time in the macrocycle in which they…… More

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How to Establish Cross Country Training Groups

The cross country season begins anew and the coaches face their first training challenges as the team gathers for the first day of practice.  Foremost in training group formation is the fact that half the team has done some summer training, while the other half has not run a mile all summer long.  To further…… More

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Fatigue, Part 5 – The Central Governor Theory

  The scientific information presented in the first four sections on the onset of fatigue during exercise (Part 1 Fatigue-Energetics, Part 2 Fatigue-Anaerobic Alactic Energy System, Part 3 Fatigue-Anaerobic Glycolytic Energy System, and Part 4 Fatigue-Aerobic Energy System) pointed out the importance of beginning each discussion on energy system metabolism and fatigue with basic knowledge…… More

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Fatigue, Part 4 – The Aerobic Energy System

The scientific information presented in the first three sections on the onset of fatigue during exercise (Part 1 Fatigue–Energetics, Part 2 Fatigue–Anaerobic Alactic Energy System, and Part 3 Fatigue–Anaerobic Glycolytic Energy System) pointed out the importance of beginning each discussion on energy system metabolism with basic review of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and its role in…… More

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Pros and Cons of Cross Country Summer Training Camps

The summer training period is crucial to the seasonal success of a cross country team. Because athletes have other obligations during the summer months it is not easy to organize training activities that get everybody to practice on the designated days. Many coaches utilize a team cross country summer training camp. In some situations it is easier…… More

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Fatigue, Part 3 – The Anaerobic Glycolytic Energy System

Information presented in the first two sections on fatigue during exercise (Part 1 Fatigue-Energetics and Part 2 Fatigue-Anaerobic Alactic Energy System) pointed out the importance of beginning every discussion on energy system metabolism with basic knowledge of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and its role in muscle contraction.  Humans have advanced through natural selection using three metabolic…… More

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Shifting the Training Paradigm

Cross country running does not require a great deal of skill, a fact that makes physical conditioning of vital importance.  With little need to work on skill development, more and harder training is often seen as the only path to success.  Unfortunately, this path usually leads to injury, immune system problems, psychological burn-out, and a…… More

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Cross-Training Nonsense

General athletic skill is governed by physical maturity and individual developments in the five biomotor skills of speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination.  Development of specific athletic skill is governed by a training blend of the five biomotor skills, but with a strong emphasis on the singular skill type that is characteristic of the narrow…… More

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Fatigue, Part 2 – The Anaerobic Alactic Energy System

Information presented in the first section on fatigue during exercise (Part 1 Fatigue-Energetics) pointed out the importance of beginning every discussion on energy system metabolism with knowledge of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and its role in muscle contraction.  Humans have evolved using three metabolic energy systems for their daily activities which may range from lifting a…… More

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Your Favorite Workout

Most cross country coaches have been running since high school and college, or newly enjoy running now.  There are some workouts that seem to always go very well for you, but others that result in an endless struggle.  From these workouts emerge favorites, but they may not be the best type of work for your…… More

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Fatigue: Part 1 – Energetics

The onset of fatigue in certain systems of the body is what causes running performance to deteriorate and degrade.  Too much fatigue and exhaustion occurs, with the inability to continue an activity.  Fatigue can be acute, as in a single race or training session, or chronic, as in inadequate day to day regeneration of the…… More

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The Secretions of a Winner

It has been jokingly said that 83% of statistics are made up on the spot in conversation.  Coaches do this all the time, as they say such things as: “give me 110% effort today” (huh?), “slow the second lap down to 95%” (again, huh?), or the classic line; “sports is 90% psychological and 10% physical”. …… More

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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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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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Running Cadence

It is well known by scientists through academic studies, and with coaches working in the field, that the two measurable factors that determine speed of performance in an endurance runner are stride length and stride frequency. A common term for stride frequency is cadence, and this word refers to the rate of leg gait cycling…… More

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