Planning training for our primary event 400/600/800m athletes comes down to finding the optimal mix of ‘speed’ and ‘endurance’ related training activities. In doing this dance, we also must be aware of the impact our own personal coaching bias plays in selecting various workout parameters.
For example, as a former sprinter and a ‘sprints’ coach, my natural tendency when coaching athletes competing primarily in this event range is to skew toward the ‘speed and power’ end of the spectrum as opposed to the ‘endurance and stamina’ end.
In the video posted above, Ron Grigg, explains the necessity of using 10k pace *throughout* the training year, as well as how to progress it. If you’re more comfortable coaching sprinters, you may be pulled a bit out of your comfort zone.
If you’re more comfortable coaching the middle distance and distance events, this particular discussion will likely be both validating and informational.
Updated on September 24, 2023by Latif Thomas