Speed vs ‘Strength’ For 400 Runners

Posted by Latif Thomas

Speed vs ‘Strength’ For 400 Runners

Some people argue that the best way to develop your 400m runners is with a ‘strength’ (aka long to short) approach. This says that in order to get fast, we should run at sub-maximal paces at higher volumes and for longer distances.

To me, this is a ‘run slow to get fast’ approach. And that seems to violate all the Laws of Specificity.

In my opinion, the majority of great 400m runners succeed at this distance because of their ‘Speed Reserve’. So developing this speed reserve is the crux of 400m training.

Check out this article where I explain this concept (and why it works) in more detail:


To your success,

Latif Thomas

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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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