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3 Reasons You Need This Cross Country Program

So, I’m primarily a sprints/hurdles/jumps guy. I’m not trying to fool anyone into believing otherwise. But I’m also a track nerd, so I like to learn about everything. And, in my experience, the following three things most likely apply to you in some fashion: Reason #1: You run too slow, too often Distance coaches love mileage. And I often hear coaches call repeats at distance race pace ‘speed work’. It is not. Coach Christensen says that if you don’t do enough real speed and special endurance work, your runners won’t have the specific conditioning to maintain race pace for the entire 5K. That makes your athletes’ training ineffective. And how would you feel if you knew your Cross Country Coach mailed it in instead of…

Preparing the Elite Junior Cross Country Runner

Scott Christensen’s newest resource “Preparing the Elite Junior Cross Country Runner” is now available. Click here for more information. Order by the end of the day on Friday August 26 and save over 50% off the regular price. At over 3 hours of video instruction, “Preparing the Elite Junior Cross Country Runner” is the Go-To resource for any Cross Country Coach. Check it out: Preparing the Elite Junior Cross Country Runner To your success, Latif Thomas

Sprinters vs Cross Country

Each summer I like to write an article about whether or not sprinters should run cross country and, if they do, what should happen. To progressive programs and coaches, running a ‘modified’ cross country program for sprint types who want to be successful is, at the very least, an interesting option.  On the other side of the spectrum are people who freak out over the idea. I dealt with that at a school I once coached at. It was very sad. There are many variables involved for kids considering this route. On the one hand you simply can’t get fast by running slow despite most sprints programs attempting to prove otherwise.  But maybe the structure of cross country is better than a kid sitting on…

Review: Event Specialist Certification Course (USTFCCCA)

A couple of weeks ago I attended the first ever Event Specialist Certification Course run by the US Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  In essence, it is the evolution of the old USATF Level II School that has fallen off over the past couple of years.** I can’t really say I had any particular expectations for the course. I didn’t really know what to expect. But my experience over the course of the 5 days I spent at the The Academy was most definitely not what I expected. Here is what I found out: Boo Schexnayder is the Godfather of US Track and Field Coaching Education. You’d be hard pressed to find someone ‘in the know’ who disagrees. Not only is…

Success is a Choice?

Today is the one day of the year I like to take some time to reflect on where I’ve been, where I’m at and where I’m going. Because I believe, fundamentally, that our external reality is the mirror image of our internal reality. The physical manifestation of our thoughts, beliefs and expectations. (I know, I know. When am I going to get to the speed training workouts?…. Not today.) So, if you’re one of those people that likes to think, take 10 minutes, read this article and watch the video that follows. Think about this for a minute: The difference between success and failure, in anything, comes down to one simple word. Choice. You have the ability to choose the way your life is going…

The Truth about ‘Peaking’

  It’s Championship Season and, if you’re a coach, you’re hoping you’ve put your athletes in position to have their best performances during this small window of ‘win or go home’ meets. So at this time of year, I get a lot of questions about peaking. -What are the best workouts to get athletes to peak? -How long can you hold a peak? -What are you favorite peaking workouts for X event group? All fair questions. But if you’re asking them, you’re missing the mark. So here are 2 things you need to know about ‘peaking’ your athletes, regardless of event group: There are no magic ‘peaking’ workouts. If you’re looking for the perfect workout that’s going to pluck a huge PR out of the…

Top 3 Reasons to ‘Like’ our New Fan Page

  If you haven’t already, here are 3 reasons to bookmark the Complete Track and Field Facebook Fan Page. 1. Email is dead. Ok, it’s not dead. But it’s on life support. Outside of work, how often do you really check your email? If anything, you go right to Facebook. That’s what I do. And that’s where I get most of my messages that are not related to work. So I can’t send out an email every time I write, shoot or come across an interesting article or video. Because you’ll get annoyed with all the emails. Or you’ll never see it because you don’t really check your email. So the best way for me to get continuous track related information to you (without being…

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

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