More answers to 800/1600 training questions

Posted by Scott Christensen


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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.

For example, here is a customer question Coach Christensen answered just the other day:

Q: The sad reality of the high school track coach is that we gave more meets than we should. In the span of a 12-day microcycle, a team could be scheduled for 3-4 meets. If we take the meets as training days, where would they fit into your 12-day microcycle? They seem too fast for VO2 max, and they’re too long for any special endurance workouts. How do I plan for the races without overworking / overtraining my athletes? Also, if I wished to use the meet as a training session, what kind of volume should I assign in the workload?- Steve

A: Hi Steve: It is sad how much high school athlets race. We have gotten away from that in our state and it has made it so much easier to build a training model. I will use your example: 3 meets in 12 days. If they are a true two miler have them run the 2 mile twice at the two most important meets. The mile or 800 at the other meet, and a leg on a 4 * 400 if you have room. I feel the number of meets is not the true killer, but the number of races. Please do not double them, except for that additional leg on the 4 * 400. The 3200 is a classic VO2 max workout. That race covers that day. The mile is a combo platter of VO2 max and Special Endurance 2. That day is covered.

Q:  You’ve mentioned varying the athlete’s events in meets based upon certain needs. I’ve stuck many of my milers in the 400 or the 3200 based upon what I thought they needed, especially if their mile time seems to have hit a plateau. I hate the thought that I don’t have a specific system for determining when the athlete needs a change. Do you have any specific advice of making this decision?- Steve

A: Hi Steve: I just noticed you had a second excellent question. You do have a method to determine what the athlete “lacks” or a change you need to make as a coach. Download a comparable effort table, Purdy table, or use the VDOT tables in Jack Daniels Running Formula Book. Concentrate on the 800 through the 3200 for each line. If they can run X for the 800, then they should be physically able to run Y for the 3200. If they cannot run Y, they lack VO2 max development, so get to work. If they can run Y, but not X, then get to work on their lactate tolerance. i.e. 8 * 400, 3 min rest, HARD.

Take another look at the video clips detailing the depth of information covered in Coach Christensen’s ‘Preparing the Elite Junior Middle Distance Runner (800/1600)’. Not only does the program teach you how to develop better runners, but you’ll also be able to get your training questions answered.

You simply can’t get that anywhere else:

To your success,

Latif Thomas

Scott Christensen - Scott Christensen’s teams have been ranked in the national top 10 eight times. He won the 1997 High School National Championship and his squads have captured multiple Minnesota State Championships. Scott has coached 13 Minnesota State Championship-winning teams and 27 individual Minnesota State Champions. He was the USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist School junior team leader for the World Cross Country Team in 2003 and the senior team leader in 2008. Scott is a 14-year USATF Level II endurance lead instructor.

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