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Speed Endurance Work for the Middle Distance Athlete

Speed endurance work is often overlooked by middle distance coaches.  The theoretical concept isn’t, but the workouts done to directly address it, is.  Speed endurance is understood to be the ability to maintain a very high percentage of maximum velocity over the greatest distance possible.  Many different workouts touch on the concept, with repeat 500-600…

Extensive Intervals Workouts for Middle Distance Runners

Extensive Intervals refer to a category of crucial workouts that are used for building aerobic power in middle distance runners.  They are introduced in the general preparation period and emphasized during the specific preparation and pre-competitive periods.  Aerobic power development requires many weeks of training because adaptations includes both bio-chemical and structural changes to the…

Assessing the Athletic Lifestyle of the Cross Country Athlete

More and more scientific studies on distance runners have shown that proper recovery facilitates faster physiological adaptation and enhances endurance-related performance. By ignoring recovery today, it all leads to tomorrow’s poor practice session and, eventually, poor recovery habits that are tough to break. It also reinforces attitudes that can lead to under-recovery injuries. However, by…