How Should I Run Strides – High School Athletes, Summer Training and Cross Country

Please read the overview on strides before you read this article. Thank you. Strides should be an elemental part of all high school training programs. Why? First, you don’t know how fast a high school athlete is until you’ve asked their neuromuscular system to work. Doing 4 x 200m with 200m jog on the track…

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2013 CHSCA Clinic

I’m really excited to have the honor of speaking at the 2013 CHSCA Clinic. All of the content – the slides, the notes, the links – that I referenced in my talks are below.  Please feel free to comment on any of the elements of the talks. Thanks to John Hancock for inviting me back.…

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180 strides a minute for runners

Simple question.  Do runners need to try to run 180 strides per minute? I don’t know the answer.  I do know that Jack Daniels did an informal data analysis at the Olympics one year and found that across athletes, events and gender everyone was running 180 strides per minute.  Pretty interesting. But then there is…

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Adam Kedge at Boulder Running Camps

On Thursday, July 19th, Adam Kedge of Albuquerque Academy will be speaking at the Boulder Running Camps.  The talk is open to public, but specifically I’m hoping local high school coaches will be able to attend. Adam’s boys team have twice been ranked #1 in the nation by Marc Bloom’s Harrier magazine.  Maybe more impressive is that fact that they’ve…

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Ingredients for 1,600m success

This is an open invitation for input from the readership.  Here is what I came up and no doubt the following list of ten items can be improved.  I look forward to your comments below. 1. The 1,600m is roughly 80% aerobic and 20% anaerobic.  Thus, improving the aerobic metabolism is extremely important. 2. We…

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2012 OATCCC Clinic

Thanks to Wayne Clark for inviting me to Ohio to speak at the 2012 OATCCC clinic. Really excited to have the opportunity to come back to the clinic and hopefully everyone will be able to take something from the presentations. First and Second Presentation: 13 Week Training Schedule 6-page Handout – click here Color version…

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Building a Better Myrtl

Simple question: If you were to design a routine that strengthened the hip girdle area and lasted five minutes or less, what exercises would you use, how many reps and in what order? Couple of things to consider:  This comment and this comment correctly highlight that lateral leg raises are targeting the lower back and…

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Are lateral leg raises too much to ask?

Are lateral leg raises too much to ask? I got the following question from a reader in response to the eight week general strength progression. I thought the question was important and justified it’s own post. I coach cross country and we used these routines with great success. We started indoor where I am the assistant…

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