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Q&A: Morning runs after a hard workout?

In addition to over 2.5 hours of excellent middle distance training information, Coach Christensen has agreed to answer training questions for anyone who invests in his program.  Preparing the Elite Junior Middle Distance Runner (800-1600m) Here is one he answered the other day. Question: Hi Coach! I thoroughly enjoyed your talk and handouts, etc. Regarding your workouts and your 12 day cycles, do you think it advantageous to supplement these with morning runs particularly after the hard (48 hour recovery) sessions? Mark M. Coach Christensen says: Hi Mark: Thanks for the compliment! I believe morning workouts are advantageous to two groups of distance runners:   Experienced runners training more than 70 miles per week and inexperienced runners who just cannot get a great effort with…

Want faster sprinters? Focus on this.

Yesterday at practice I had my assistant coach lead the group of 100+ kids while I did some talent identification. Since it was about 30 degrees out and snowing, we weren’t exactly running fly 30s. So what was I looking for to determine who had innate athletic ability? This one skill. To your success, Latif Thomas P.S. It’s official. This summer I’ll be running a sprints/hurdles clinic with ‘Building the Perfect 100m Sprinter’ creator Marc Mangiacotti. Athletes AND coaches are invited to attend. Click here for dates and location.

Q&A: Tracking VO2 max + Using a 12 day Microcycle

  One of the benefits of Scott Christensen’s ‘Preparing the Elite Junior Middle Distance Runner 800/1600’ is the opportunity to get answers to your training questions when you have them. Here are a couple of good ones for you to think about: Jason S.: How do you figure an athletes VO2 Max, and how do you keep track of this while you rain, so you know you are training him/her in the proper zone? Scott Christensen: Hi Jason. VO2 max is considered a “date pace”  for athlete and coach. It is their ability to utilize max oxygen TODAY with the fitness level the athlete has TODAY. So forget any history on your athlete. It can be tested in the lab by a physiologist. It can…

More answers to 800/1600 training questions

  What’s the main reason our Master Classes are different than other programs and resources you’ve seen online? Access to the coaches. When coaches agree to create Master Class curriculum, they agree to continue to answer customer questions as long as the program is still available. So you won’t be left on your own to figure out all the information Coach Christensen covers in this 2.5+ hour program. Once you order, you’ll be give a link where you can post your question. Every couple of days, Coach Christensen takes time to answer your questions. With the spring track season right around the corner, just a handful of new ideas could make a significant impact on your athletes and how much success they experience. http://www.completetrackandfield.com/middle-distance-master-class/ For…

Cross Country Training Survey

  With so many positive reviews from Scott Christensen’s 800/1600 training Master Class, we’ve been overwhelmed with requests for a similar program geared toward training Cross Country runners. In order to get such a program created with enough lead time that you can absorb the information, ask your questions and get plan your season, we need to know what questions you have about training your Cross Country runners. Please take a moment to participate in this brief survey: Cross Country Training Survey To your success, Latif Thomas

3 Things I Learned at the Wisconsin Track Coaches’ Clinic

  Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to speak at the Wisconsin State Track Coaches’ Clinic. With over 1000 coaches in attendance and in doing 6 presentations over the course of 2 days, I left with my head spinning. Before I jump in, I’d like to take a moment to thank the WISTCA staff. They put on an incredible event , provided everything I could have asked for and are a testament to all that is right in our sport. So I think a public commendation is in order for the people I was most directly involved with from invitation through execution: Mark Maas, Keith Klestinski and Chris Herriot. You guys are awesome. I’d also like to quickly thank Brad Meixner for telling the…

Steal this idea immediately!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a thief. I steal other coaches’ ideas like it’s my job. In fact, I consider it to be a fundamental part of my job. I was a featured clinician this past weekend at the Wisconsin Track Coaches’ Clinic (I’ll be writing a review very soon) and despite the fact that people were supposed to be stealing from me,  I still managed to steal some great ideas from other successful coaches. But, as the saying goes, ‘The best coaches make the best thieves.’ Yup. I stole that too. Nonetheless, I think I’ve finally come up with something that I don’t believe I stole from anyone else. That’s right. An original idea. And if you use it, it’ll help…

Preparing the Elite Junior Middle Distance Runner (800-1600)

  A few months ago I sent a survey asking for your questions about training middle distance runners. I took those responses and sent them to 14 year USATF Level II Lead Instructor Scott Christensen. He created an excellent new program, running over 2 hours and 35 minutes, called ‘Preparing the Elite Junior Middle Distance Runner (800-1600).’ It’s broken up into 4 sections (Athlete and Event Profiling for the Middle Distance Events, Training Modalities for the 800m and 1600m Events, The Multi-Paced Training Scheme for the 800m and 1600m Events and Key Workouts for Each Pace of  the Multi-Paced Training Scheme) and aimed at taking your high school level middle distance runners to the next level. Click here to learn more. The link will tell…

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