I received the following question as part of the Q&A for High School Summer Training:
What do you believe the keys to success are for the runners coming up from junior high to high school, high school to college and college on?
Great question. Obviously more running is appropriate from ages 14 to 24. And more intensity on workout days and a faster weekly long run. But what else does a runner need to do to continue to improve over a decade (or two) of serious training.
USATF Coaching Education identifies five bio-motor abilities (the “Five S’s”):
Distance runners obviously need to spend the majority of their time developing Stamina – i.e. developing the aerobic metabolism. The weekly long run, the fartlek workouts and the threshold runs, the long aerobic repeats, must be the primary focus of the training if a the athlete is to evolve into a faster runner.
But the problem I have with most training philosophies out there is that there is little or no acknowledgement of the other four bio-motor abilities. Continue Reading →