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Middle Distance Training: Periodizing Special Endurance 1 Training Sessions

  Much has been learned about speed and speed development over the last 20 years.  Scientists working with coaches and sprinters have done a remarkable job of applying the scientific method to the physiology of speed in humans including biomechanics, muscle recruitment and energy systems.  Many scientific papers with replicable results have been peer-reviewed, published,…

Coaches Purpose Statement

Educational policies in America are rife with contradictions and ironies that make it almost impossible to have a personal coaching philosophy that one can feel comfortable with. On one hand, school administration directs that a teacher be transactional in the classroom in regard to student learning. What matters to the administration is the students standardized…

Performance Diagnostics

Middle distance coaches should be constantly analyzing the race day performances of runners in their training group for both good tactics and physiological strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, racing performance will improve more dramatically by developing and improving physiological weaknesses rather than improving already developed strengths.   Both the aerobic energy system and the anaerobic energy…

[Now Available] 5 New Distance Training Programs

We’ve released a total of FIVE new middle distance/distance training programs covering a variety of events and topics. They’re all created by 30+ year high school coaching veteran and USTFCCCA Lead Endurance Instructor, Scott Christensen. (You can also take a look at all of Coach Christensen’s other middle distance and distance training programs.) Most of our…

NEW PROGRAM: Peaking Workouts & Strategies for Distance Runners

Scott Christensen is back with a brand new CTF coaching resource we’ve titled: Peaking Workouts & Strategies for Distance Runners. If this kind of information is something you’re interested in, strongly consider Scott’s new 70 minute program. As educated coaches, we know the height of the peak starts on the first day of practice. There…

3 Factors More Important Than the ‘Workouts’ You Write

Obviously the ‘workouts’ we prescribe are important to the success of our athletes. But, I’ve said it countless times: My ability to ‘write workouts’ is absolutely not why I’m successful at coaching. I think that’s particularly evident these days. Today I want to share 3 new (and excellent) posts that will make coaches and athletes…

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