Distance/Middle distance coaches: I can tell you why you should join the Distance Group at this summer's CTF Clinic, but I'm a sprints guy and I'm not sure what I say carries as much weight with you as it does with other sprinters/sprints coaches.
Instead, I ask you to take a minute and read this message from Jason Saretsky, Director of Track & Field/Cross Country for Harvard University:
"What separates the top runners from the rest of the pack?
Is it a week-long running camp where everyone increases their mileage? Dramatic jumps in mileage often lead to injury. And the training rarely fits into the coach’s overall summer plan for the athlete.
Many high school athletes go to week-long running camps over the summer and don’t see big changes in their results because all they’ve done is run more…not smarter.
With distance/middle distance, the secret to beating your opponents is not just outworking them, but also outsmarting them. What better place to learn how to do that than Harvard University!
So, what is the secret?
You might think that to beat your PR or win the championship, all you need to do is put in more miles. But the best runners do things differently. They focus on honing every aspect of their training -- from their stretching routine to the drills they do to their race day strategy. At the Complete Track and Field camp, we’ll teach you the tools that will actually separate you from the pack.
During our two-day clinic, you will:
-- Learn an active-isolated stretching routine used by Olympians to avoid injury and improve performance.
-- Perfect a dynamic warm-up routine designed to get your body prepped for any workout or competition.
-- Improve your biomechanics and become a more efficient runner.
-- Discover speed development drills, body weight circuits, and hurdle mobility routines designed for distance and middle distance runners.
-- Gain insight into winning race strategies that will get you across the finish line first.
-- Work directly with Harvard’s head coach for XC/Track & Field, giving you unique access to the school’s program.
Here are the facts:
Whether you want to stay ahead of your competition or close the gap, you need to start putting these pieces together, every run, every workout, every race, every day.
The runners that are beating you now already know these secrets to success. And you won’t find them in the woods at a week-long running camp. But you can discover the missing pieces this summer at Harvard.
If you’re ready to step up to the next level and find out exactly how much better you can compete over the 800m, 1600m, 3200m and cross country, then you need to register for the 2017 Complete Track and Field Summer Clinic.
Coaches, you are invited too! We’d love to share our experiences, answer questions about what it takes to build a championship program, and demonstrate the drills and routines we use with the Harvard team.
In addition to getting up close access to watch exactly how we train our endurance athletes, you're invited to take notes, film the sessions and, of course, ask us questions while athletes are on breaks.
And remember, when you register as a coach, you have full access to *every* event group at the clinic.
Space is filling up fast so be sure to register before the price goes up after May 27.
There you have it. If you have questions about the Distance Group, post them below!