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Training Camps for Cross Country Runners

Physiologists have shown that it takes about 25-27 weeks to establish a peak in aerobic development for a novice or emerging cross country runner.  Since exhaustive performance in the five kilometer race has been shown to depend on 92% of the necessary energy particles (ATP) to be produced in the aerobic energy system, full development…

The 800 Meter Runner: Speed (Type 1)

The 800 meter run is considered the shortest endurance race in track and field.  While it is twice the length of the 400 meter dash it retains some of the physiological and psychological characteristics of that event.  Here we will consider the 800 meter runner. In profiling the 800 meters the importance of speed, speed…

When to Eat Before a Cross Country Race

Athletes, coaches, and scientists have long known that meal timing affects distance running performance. Knowing when to eat before a cross country race is vital as going for a long intense run with a stomach full of food can lead to anything from discomfort to all out vomiting.  Digestion calls for the re-directing of blood…

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