400m Training Q&A – Part II

Posted by Latif Thomas

Today I’m answering more common questions about 400m training for high school runners. If you missed my first video, click here.

Before you play today’s video, I’d like to apologize in advance for, truly, two of the worst jokes I’ve ever made, as well as my reaction to them. As well as for not editing them out.

The questions I answer in the video are posted below.




1. I have a young runner going into 9th grade she runs 1.01 in the 4 whats the secret to help her move forward and not digress i want her to progressively move forward

2. How importent is basic aerobic endurance in the preparation of,say,a15yr old female HS 400m runner?Would you spend valuable time developing basic aerobic conditioning or spend what little time you have developing lactic tolerance?


3. Training the athlete to maintain speed and form over the final 80 to 100 meters.


4. more of the intensive tempo workouts  and speed endurance progressions


5. What program ON AVERAGE works best or has the most success for a high school 400 athlete, short to long or long to short. If so what does that 12 week program look like.


6. How to combine workouts that benefit an athlete that runs the 100, 200, and 400 and does not deter performances in each.


To your success,

Latif Thomas

P.S. This Friday, September 14, 2012, I’ll be showing you a sneak peek of my new ‘Training High School 400m Runners’ program. Be sure to check your email for the link to the first 10 minutes of the program.


Latif Thomas - Latif Thomas owns and operates Complete Track and Field and serves as the Co-Director of the Complete Track and Field Clinic at Harvard University, the largest track and field clinic in the United States. A popular speaker and presenter at some of the largest coaching clinics across the country, Latif has true passion for the sport and it definitely shows. Over the past 19 years, he has coached more combined League, Division, All-State, and New England Champions in sprints, hurdles, and jumps than he can count. Follow @latif_thomas on Twitter.

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