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How Much Rest Do Distance Runners Need After Cross Country?

Your distance runners come out of cross country season and you need a little bit of a break. This immediately brings up lots of discussion amongst coaches because there are coaches out there that think distance runners don’t need rest after cross country or during the year and there are other coaches that think the break after cross country is much longer than it needs to be. The facts are this: In high school, we’re dealing with growing, developing and maturing young men and young women and a lot of energy each day goes into this growth and development. When we are running hard, designing good workouts for both cross country and track, we’re tapping into that energy. It does start to wear on the…

Three Things

It’s important for everyone who’s interested in track and field to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. After all, this is a sport that is not always considered to be the premier and most exciting to fans, and it is certainly not one of the most sought after or respected among its peers. For a lot of people, track and field has become second to most sports, including football, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, and even lacrosse. We are the people who feel differently about this. We are the life blood that pulses through the veins of track and field; we are the heartbeat and the rhythm that keeps it alive. It does not matter whether you are taking part by participating in track…

How to Train Sprinters Who Run Cross Country

 “SHOULD SPRINTERS RUN CROSS COUNTRY?” Many coaches ask, “Should sprinters run cross country?”  You will hear some power/speed gurus quickly say unequivocally “NO!” because it will have a negative effect on an athletes speed qualities.  I think the question requires some deeper investigation…   ANTI EARLY SPECIALIZATION I am happy to see that public awareness against early specialization is gaining momentum.  I firmly believe in well-rounded athletic experiences for children and adolescents.  I am opposed to the ten year old that is on two travel baseball teams and visits a private hitting instructor in the off season to the exclusion of all other sports and the fun of socialization and discovery that comes with participation in a variety of team and individual sports.  Children should…

How to Plan Summer Training for Cross Country Runners

As the track season winds down in the spring, distance runners enter a time that sport scientists call the transitional phase in the annual plan. More specifically, it’s the time where summer training for cross country becomes the priority. Track is an unusual sport in that there is no one time that all of the athletes are finished with their season.  An athlete that finishes up with a junior varsity meet or a sophomore championship meet may end their season more than a month earlier than the athlete competing at the state championships.  And of course the very best runners may go on to run at an all-star meet or USATF Junior Nationals.  It is just not a clean ending for everybody.  The transitional phase serves…