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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 Four Critical Workouts of the Middle Distance Competition Period

The competition period is the last three weeks of the season for a middle distance runner.  This portion of the track microcycle is characterized by a moderately decreased training volume coupled with a sharp increase in training intensity.  In ordinary language it is the tapering period leading to a peak championship performance attempt. Rest is…

Dissecting Elite Level Middle Distance Workouts

Training theory is a fascinating point of discussion for most middle-distance coaches.  These conversations can vary from something as simple as typical microcycle mileage to something as detailed as workout construction.  There is no doubt that there are “many roads to Rome” in the journey to getting a talented middle-distance runner into top physical condition. …

Structuring a Middle Distance Workout Session

The useful thing about modern training theory is that it was put together by scientists using empirical and replicable evidence rather than a hodge-podge of ideas and intellectual artifacts advanced by coaches.  Because it is rooted in science, training theory is an ever-changing set of principles and concepts that evolve as better scientific testing is…

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