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Training Sub-Elite Middle Distance Athletes

Building and maintaining a healthy population of middle distance athletes is important in achieving rewards for a team, and in having a pipeline for future success.  Like it or not, individual performances are driven by internal dynamics directly related to the pyramid of numbers in a particular training group.  The really good runners do ascend…

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…

Anaerobic Speed Reserve for Distance Runners

The physiological concept of anaerobic speed reserve (ASR) is a relatively new concept to middle distance running.  ASR is defined as the difference between an athlete’s absolute maximum velocity and their maximum aerobic speed (vVO2 max).    The anaerobic/aerobic energy system contribution percentages for a sprint event of 400 meters or shorter is much different…

The 800 Meter Runner: Speed (Type 1)

The 800 meter run is considered the shortest endurance race in track and field.  While it is twice the length of the 400 meter dash it retains some of the physiological and psychological characteristics of that event.  Here we will consider the 800 meter runner. In profiling the 800 meters the importance of speed, speed…

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