Independence Day Sale: 30% Off All Programs

We all spend a lot of time over explaining the obvious every day we are at practice so I won’t do it here: Starting today, you can get 30% off all of our programs, regardless of discipline or event group. Use coupon code JULY to apply the discount. If you have questions or want a recommendation based…

go *here* if you want to get recruited by college track and field coaches

Are your personal bests all you need to get college coaches to recruit you? Eh. Maybe… But, go on Milesplit or Athletic.net and take a look at how many people in the country have almost identical times/heights/distances as you. Now think about the fact that coaches are recruiting athletes from multiple other countries as well….

College recruiting & the pandemic: What every coach, parent, and athlete needs to know

Interview Details: Latif Thomas interviews Ron Grigg (University of Jacksonville Director of Cross Country / Track & Field) on a range of topics related to how the pandemic has affected the college recruiting process with a focus on the specific actions HS coaches, parents, and athletes can take in order to increase and improve their…

How to Get Recruited Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic

  For coaches, athletes, and parents alike, the chaos and uncertainty of the past year has thrown a wrench into how to get recruited during the Covid-19 pandemic. After all, which criteria are college coaches supposed to use for basing their opinions about your recruitability when you’ve missed entire seasons, training has been inconsistent, access…

Quantifying Training Effort of Middle Distance Runners

Most distance running coaches know that training for a 5-kilometer race involves a mix of aerobic and anaerobic workout sessions that will adaptively lead to improvements in a runner’s metabolic system.  The work is varied, combined, and sequenced over a season in a way that is specific to the energy demands of the 5k race. …

General Adaptation Syndrome and Cross Country Training

In 1932, physiologist W.A. Engelhardt, for the first time introduced the definition of the training process as a physiological breakdown that serves as a specific stimulus for the subsequent adaptive recovery process.  While Engelhardt’s experiments worked with laboratory animals, injected drugs, and introduced stimuli far above what the animals were accustomed to, this idea became…

Advanced Warmup Routines for Middle Distance Athletes

When middle distance coaches cluster socially or professionally, and the inevitable training talk ensues, the topics generally fall into three broad categories: training mileage, peaking strategy, or warmup routines.  While these are all fun to talk about and defend, the reality is that there is no right answer to any of these discussions. Mileage talk…

[Video] How to manage coaching multiple events at the same time…

For high school coaches, managing multiple event groups at the same time (as well as managing training for athletes who compete in multiple event groups) is a significant issue that can drastically impact the individual and group success of your team and program. It’s one of the most consistent and popular questions I get. And…

Functional Endurance Strength in Cross Country Training

Strength is one of the five primary physical components (speed, endurance, flexibility, strength, coordination) that defines athleticism.  Cross country runners, like all athletes, benefit from the improvement of all five physical components to the degree to which their particular sport demands.  Strength training must always be focused on training the movement, rather than the muscle,…

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