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Who Else Wants Every Cross Country Workout for the entire season ...From Summer Mileage Through Nationals?

From summer mileage and VO2 max runs to Special Endurance and anaerobic system development, the way you structure and progress your high school cross country workouts will make or break your athletes, season, and program.

Literally and figuratively!

In this modern age of developing distance runners more like traditional athletes and less like endurance specialists, you can't get away with clinging to the old school, 'LSD' based model of days gone by.

If you're running (or building) a competitive high school Cross Country program, you know how hard it is to find practical, proven workouts and progressions designed *specifically* for high school athletes and programs...

...let alone a a program with DAILY, age and ability specific workout  progressions...

...from the start of summer training in June all the way through Foot Locker Nationals.

Until, now that is!

Here at Complete Track and Field, Cross Country coaches like you ask us for one thing above all else:

Specific Workouts and Workout Progressions.

If you're in that categeory, then Scott Christensen has delivered exactly what you need!


the training model for high school cross country


The program is broken up into five separate sections based on month:

  • June and July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

Each month is further divided into two video segments:

  • Detailed overview of the Training Model for that month
  • Specific workouts for each day of the particular month

We’ll also give you the PowerPoint /presentations slides so you can follow along with the videos or review the materials on your own.

The full program details every single workout for the entire season in this format. You’ll quickly realize both the quality and scope of the information, as well as feel relieved by the practical and straightforward delivery.

Because every situation and athlete is different, the ‘Training Model’ portion will give you just enough science to understand the ‘Why’ behind the training.

You’ve likely heard the saying:

‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’

In this program, you’re given your daily fish and being taught to feed yourself for a lifetime!

Don’t feel like going fishing today? No stress! Just eat the fish you’re given!

Still learning how to fish? Bring your pole and test the waters. If it’s not going according to plan, you know you have a meal waiting for you at home!

Fancy yourself a Master Fisherman/woman? Get some advice from a fellow Master and bring home an even bigger catch!

When you think about it, regardless of your coaching experience, you and your athletes stand to benefit greatly from this program. And helping our athletes realize their full potential is the fundamental reason we coach, isn’t it?

Click on the tabs below for specific details about each month of training...

Coach Scott Christensen is a standout cross country and endurance track and field coach at Stillwater High School in Minnesota. Christensen has coached his teams to 52 section championships, 26 which were established on the track. Twenty-three of his athletes have earned the Class AA individual state championship title and 21 of his runners have finished top five in the state. Additionally, he’s guided 206 athletes to achieve all-state honors. Of his many accolades, Christensen is a four-time inductee into the Minnesota Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is a USATF Level II endurance lead instructor and served as the USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist School junior and senior team leader for two World Cross Country Teams.

“The Training Model for High School Cross Country is both a textbook and a cookbook. To set up each training cycle, I explain (just enoiugh) distance training science and application to lay the foundation. But, the meat and potatoes of the program is a day by day diary of exactly what to do.

There is virtually no repetition in the science portion between ‘The Training Model’ and previous cross country programs. I use all new examples and graphs to illustrate my points.
The day to day workouts do have some repetition from month to month because a long run is a long run no matter when you do it. I have tried to add new points of emphasis each time I brought up a workout I had previously talked about.

This new program is basically all about individual workouts and the sequence a coach should follow through each month of the summer and fall training year. Every workout imaginable is described start to finish.”

– Scott Christensen


  • Separate the early part of the summer into six microcycles each one week long.
  • Adjust the calendar to your part of the country.
  • This early summer plan is scheduled to be about June 15-July 25.
  • The late summer plan that follows is designed to be about July 25-August 30.


  • Change from summer 7 day microcycles to fall cross country 9 day microcycles.
  • Avoid getting caught in too many ‘medium’ efforts.
  • The first day of the season is scheduled for midway through the second microcycle.
  • This late summer plan is designed to start at the end of July to August 30.



  • Adapt the 9 day cycles to fit your racing schedule.
  • Stimulate as many anaerobic zones as you can.
  • Recovery and regeneration issues are crucial during this time.
  • The early mid-fall plan that follows is designed to be about September 28-October 31.


  • Peaking occurs over the last two microcycles during this month.
  • Athletes should be training to race not training to train.
  • Staying healthy and strong is the main focus for your team.
  • The late fall plan that follows is designed through November.


  • Include travel days into three 9 day microcycles.
  • Cycle the tamper period to maintain fitness peak.
  • Do not over coach your athletes.
  • This month is designed to guide your team through championship season.

Not sold on Scott just yet? Take a look at what his 3200m runners (Stillwater A) ran at the Minnesota State Championship...


What Some of Scott's Customers Have To Say...

“Scott and his programs have turned around our XC program. What he says and does for the sport goes well beyond daily workouts. He explains the "WHY". 6 or 7 years ago we were well below average by my standards. Our runners now believe in the program and don't question the workout or purpose. Our 5K kids are running in the 17' and low 18' range. The 9 day microcycle system gets them in shape without doing the same thing every week. The variety keeps them fresh for the next workout without BORING them. I encourage every coach, especially those new to a program, to invest in Scott's cross country programs. ”

Allan Wardan
Goodrich, MI

“Scott's program changed the way I coach. My program was fairly successful especially for a urban school with no facilities. Scott's approach for distance runners to think like sprinters helped us go from a good local program to a good program in New York State. School records have dropped significantly. For example the 1600 meter record went from 4:24 to 4:12, the 3200 meter 9:32 to 8:54 the 4x800 from 8:05 to 7:53. I have been coaching for 30 years and Scott's ideas show that it is never too late to learn some new tricks!”

Pat Dormer
New York, NY

“Two years ago I began to incorporate Scott's methodology into my team's training for both cross country and track. In XC we moved from 5th in the state to 2nd in both girls and boys. In Track we swept all middle distance races for 1A schools at State. Scott offers sound training principles and great training structure for High School runners.”

Robert Collins
Greenville, SC

“The program has helped me to better understand various training styles and bring better organization to my planning. I struggled with how much is too much for so long. Our athletes come from a low income urban city district and are not always the best equipped or prepared before they come to us. In the past I would focus so heavily on building a base in the beginning of the season. Using ideas from this program I balance the base while also getting to speed.”

Christopher Yeshulas
Reading, PA


Fair question. Here’s a quick recap of what you get when your order Scott Christensen’s streaming (don’t worry you can download the videos and they play on every device) program:

  • 5 videos, with a total running time of 4 hours and 20 minutes, segmented by training month: June and July, August, September, October and November.
  • Training Model Overview video for each month, covering the science (but not a crazy amount of science) behind the workout progressions.
  • Specific workouts for every single day of training from June through November.
  • Video overview of every workout detailing the philosophy and methodology behind the progressions.
  • Full PowerPoint file for each month, covering every slide and workout described in the program.
  • Lifetime Q&A access to Coach Christensen to ensure your comfort in adapting, modifying and evolving your high school Cross Country training model.

We've been providing quality coaching resources at Complete Track and Field since 2004. We're still here because we're focused on overdelivering.

I also understand the limitations of your coaching budget because I'm a high school coach, too.

The more you think about all the features and benefits contained in this program, the more you'll realize the investment is well worth it.

It's why the every day price for Scott Christensen's "Training Model For High School Cross Country" is only...

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Now coach, I really want to help you get a jump start on your best ever cross country season.

It's why I'm offering you an unprecedented deal that I've never made available before now.

If you're an established cross country coach your "go to" workouts and progressions are fairly well established.

You probably know what you like to do and times of the year you like to do it.

And you're probably turning out respectable and consistent results each year.

But here's the problem...

If the different elements of your program aren't morphing and evolving each season, your runners will stop adapting to their workouts.

Performances will stagnate or slide backwards.

You know this. There's a good chance it's a primary reason you're reading this right now.

The solution is simple and only contains two steps:

1.) Significantly expand the size of your coaching toolbox by adding new (and proven) workouts and progressions for each phase of training.

Whether you're looking to add a few wrinkles to your perennially success program or have gaping holes in your understanding of which workouts to do, investing in 'The Training Model for High School Cross Country' is THE answer to adding variety and functionality to your workouts.


2.) Establish and understand key factors (the "why") behind workout planning specifics and decisions so you're not reliant on regurgitating other peoples' philosophies with no real understanding of how to adapt them to your specific situation.

And that's where my limited time offer comes into play.



Containing nearly 12 hours of video content and instruction across 10 chapters/modules, 'Advanced Topics Symposium in Cross Country' was designed to be the ideal companion, expansion and progression to and from 'The Training Model for High School Cross Country'.

At this point most coaches are trying to decide between the $99 'Training Model' and $147 'Advanced Cross Country' programs because their budget doesn't allow for both.

And yours might not either. But, I have a solution I think you'll find more than fair.

(I'll get to that in a moment).

Here are the top two questions most high school cross country coaches ask. But, instead of giving you my opinion, I asked Scott to answer the questions directly and specifically.


1.) How is this different from 'The Training Model for High School Cross Country'?

“This latest cross country project is by far the highest level of instruction that I have written for Complete Track and Field.

If I was to fit the presentation into Bloom’s Level of Learning Taxonomy it would at the “analysis and synthesis” level of understanding for the student.

The original cross country program that I wrote and the complete workout package are presented at the “knowledge-application-comprehension” levels. Using either presentation is extremely helpful to coaches in various situations with diverse academic backgrounds and different team performance expectations.

By creating this new program, we get coaches closer to the top “evaluation level” where they are completely on their own to make their own decisions and judgements on training and team issues. Some coaches can get to that level on their own, many cannot. Some can do it with just the workout plan package, others need further help.

Hence the advanced program. It fills out all of Bloom’s Level of Taxonomy.

I tried hard to make little repetition from the previous programs, but it is impossible. There is considerable scientific theory in both presentations. I tried to reach to the highest level on the latest program, while also realizing many people viewing it may not own the workout package.

This is the long answer.

The short answer is people that own other Complete Track and Field packages from me, or have been a student of mine at USATF or USTFCCCA schools over the last few years, or have read some of the 94 articles I have written for the site, or have just emailed me with questions may recognize some of this material.”

2.) How much of the material in the 'Advanced Topics Symposium in Cross Country' is new? Would you consider the training and physiology a summary or repetition of your previous programs or a progression of your experiences/knowledge?”

“The Advanced Topics Symposium in Cross Country was developed to cover coaching and program preparation in the sport of cross country running for all levels of coaches and athletes. Broad themes of the symposium include athlete management, training design, performance psychology issues, philosophy, administration and ethics in building a team culture, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to cross country running.

The Advanced Topics Symposium serves as a more detailed follow-up to the Training Model for High School Cross Country presentation because it goes into greater detail as to the “why” things are done as they are in a training program and what is effective team building.

The Training Model course was developed to give cross country coaches “what” and “when” workout ideas for every day of the season as the training cycles progress. The Advanced Topics Symposium gives coaches the knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop their own workout ideas along a similar sequence to The Training Model presentation, but not following it from day to day. Hopefully, a cross country coach will have the skill to individualize a training program for their unique team and talent after watching the Advanced Topics Symposium.

The first four modules present current scientific knowledge of endurance runner anatomy and physiology, including reasons and pitfalls related to adaptation to training stimuli and causes of fatigue. The remainder of the modules relates presented scientific information to training schemes.”


Coach, I'm sure you've read over the entire page and have a good sense of the scope and quality of the information and access contained within these programs.

So let's get down to brass tacks:

The every day price of 'The Training Model for High School Cross Country' is $97.

The every day price of the 'Advanced Topics Symposium in Cross Country' is $147.

The every day price of both programs is $246.

I'm not including the value of all the bonus content and materials. Or the value of lifetime Q&A support with Coach Christensen. Adding all of that would add many hundreds of dollars to the real world value of either program.

Like I said before, I want you and your kids to have a great season because I care about our sport. And the foundation of growing its popularity is helping raise the quality of coaching so more kids want to participate.

So here's the deal...

Take me up on my offer today and invest in yourself, your kids, and our sport and you'll get all 16 hours of 'The Training Model for High School Cross Country' AND the 'Advanced Topics Symposium in Cross Country' (with all of the bonuses and Q&A support that come with the full priced versions) for only $246  $199  $146 ...

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Use both programs for 3 full months and ask Coach Christensen all of your questions. If you’re not completely satisfied with both programs, ask for a refund within 90 days of purchase. We’ll refund 100% of your purchase price. No Questions Asked.

We believe you’ll love Scott Christensen’s high school cross country specific coaching resources and we’re willing to take on all the risk. We guarantee you’ll be referencing these programs for years and years to come!

My friend, I’ve laid out exactly what you’ll get when you order and the specific benefits to you and your athletes.

What happens next is your choice.

But, I’m confident you’ve read this whole page, considered how many ways these programs fit your needs, and have come to realize the potential gains (and fun you’ll have coaching this season) far outweigh the investment.

Or, heck, maybe it doesn’t!

Truth is, if it were me, I’d order purely on the fear of other coaches using this information to beat us!

I really dislike losing, to be honest. Watching other coaches and athletes celebrate at our expense leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

If you can relate, you know what you want to do next. 

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Latif Thomas

Owner - Complete Track and Field
Co-Director - Complete Track and Field Clinic

USATF II (Sprints, Hurdles, & Relays)
USTFCCCA Event Specialist (Sprints, Hurdles, & Relays)
USTFCCCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist