Should Runners Static Stretch?

Static Stretching has been a staple of running training for several decades. But is static stretching good runners? This is an excerpt from Dr. Jeff Messer‘s presentation “Endurance Training: Current Science and Application to Program Design” from the 08.03.13 Boulder Running Clinic.  I think this is a great example of someone like Dr. Messer taking…

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Should you take an Ice Bath?

I’m fortunate to know Dr. Jeff Messer.  He’s a great coach and a unique mind in the running world.  Here are his thoughts on ice baths for runners from his presentation, “Endurance Training: Current Science and Application to Program Design” which he presented at the August 3rd, 2013, Boulder Running Clinics event.  Dr.  Messer’s full…

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Five Bio-Motor Abilities and Distance Running

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…

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Q&A: Summer Training for High School Athletes

I’m pretty excited about this. Look up at the menu bar and you’ll see a tab that says “Q&As.” I am working with the good people at Crowdhall to put together a dynamic Question and Answer on a specific topic. These Q&As are flexible and ongoing in order to best meet the needs of your…

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Should Masters Runners Lift Weights?

I had a great discussion with Dr. Richard Hansen the other night (over a fantastic meal by the way) and we were talking about the differences between high school athletes getting injured and masters runners getting injured.  Richey coaches high school athletes, but in his clinic he sees many serious masters runners.  The key point he…

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Should Runners go to the Weight Room? Part 1

The first thing we need to acknowledge is that in training athletes to become the best runners they can be there are “Many Roads to Rome.” That said, I’m a firm believer that runners should do non-running exercises if they want to to run faster. If you improve your General Strength and Mobility (GSM) you…

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Sunday Morning Reads – 05.12.13

First, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers reading this. The high school and college track seasons are winding down. Here is a quick article about how long it takes to watch (and compete in) a track meet. Hopefully the state track meet in your area has a enough volunteers that it moves quicker…

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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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