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A Progression of Strides for Cross Country

What are strides? And why do cross country runners need to run strides to race faster?

Give me a few minutes and you’ll have the answer to both questions. 

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A Stride is a Quick, Short, Controlled Sprint 

A stride is simply a quick, short, controlled sprint — anywhere from 70m to 150m — that’s faster than your race pace and much faster than your training paces. To be clear, this is not all...

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A Comprehensive Cross Country Training Plan

Here’s the deal – most articles about cross country training plans aren’t that helpful. The training suggestions are too general, and the coach doesn’t explain the “why” behind the workouts.  

In this article I’m going to explain exactly what a summer cross country training program should include, with a simple rationale for each workout.

Next, I’m going to explain how cross country...

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PRing Indoors and Outdoors

Here's how you can get an athlete to run fast indoors and outdoors. 

It's hard to strike the right balance of training and racing indoors while setting them up to faster outdoors. Do these three things to help kids PR in both seasons. 

You know athletes need to: 

  1. Build the aerobic engine
  2. Strengthen the chassis
  3. Rev the engine most days 

Here's what you need to do for each of those elements to make sure athletes race well...

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