Archives for coaching the middle distance runner

The 6-5-4-3-2 Workout in Middle Distance Training

During specific preparation and pre-competitive training periods there is a tremendous amount of work to be done to achieve future competitive season fitness for the middle distance runner.  These two blocks of time are also the most crucial for including a close monitoring of workload by the coach in regard to under-recovery challenges.  Middle distance…

Understanding the Competition Period in Middle Distance Training

In considering the unique construction of a middle distance training macrocyle, the first point should be the length of time available.  Ideally, it should be set up to be between fifteen and twenty weeks in duration.  Secondly, the macrocycle should be divided into two phases which are called preparation and competitive.  In essence, the first…

600 Meter Repeat Workouts – Three Different Styles for Middle Distance Training

Prescribing 600 meter repeat workouts for middle distance runners is a staple in any program.  The training effects of this length of workout will tax the aerobic energy system, place huge demands on the anaerobic energy system, increase the cross-sectional diameter of Type 1 (slow twitch) muscle fibers, increase the cross-sectional diameter of Type 2…

Managing the Racing Schedule of the Middle Distance Athlete

Middle distance and distance racers cannot be effectively managed in the same manner as sprinters, jumpers and throwers are, despite rules that allow it.  Cross country coaches, for the most part, understand the many aspects of managing the racing schedule of distance runners: 1) race with a purpose, therefore schedule only enough competitions to address…