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by Spider Man
Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Help...9th grade son struggling
Replies: 19
Views: 6413

Re: Help...9th grade son struggling

Based on the mention of "muscle fiber" type in the previous post, a couple of observations based on my coaching experience ... Firstly, I've come across a number of athletes that appear to have strong stamina over 3+ miles, good/very good short speed (say over 80-100 metres) but lack ability in the ...
by Spider Man
Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Need Input for Week of State
Replies: 5
Views: 2215

Re: Need Input for Week of State

I can understand your frustration. ... In hindsight, as your daughter was the fastest/best runner in the group, you should have stood your ground & insisted on training her ... would he have cut her loose? ... I doubt it. ... Now, however, it's too late for the current XC season ... I would, however...
by Spider Man
Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: coaching MS girls and running form question
Replies: 47
Views: 12457

Re: coaching MS girls and running form question

I had a young athlete that used to experience occasional side stitches during races ... on questioning, I found that he was in the habit of running races with little or no food prior in the day ... now that he does eat beforehand, we've not experienced any recent problems. Having said that I agree t...
by Spider Man
Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Calculationg CV pace without a track time and Tinman Calculator
Replies: 5
Views: 2572

Re: Calculationg CV pace without a track time and Tinman Calculator

Hi Burn, I find Tinman's Calculator really useful ... what I tend to do (as athletes bring different strengths & weaknesses to the table) is calculate CV for a given athlete by referring to his/her current 1500m, 3000m, & 5K bests, & then seeking a kind of average pace off the numbers arising ... al...
by Spider Man
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Ryan Hall
Replies: 11
Views: 6309

Re: Ryan Hall

A personal opinion ... For Ryan Hall (& I think this applied to Paula Radcliffe also) part of the problem has been that the sole focus on the Marathon (& the training that goes with it) has led to small, niggly injuries that have resulted in a long time out of regular competition and, with that, fru...
by Spider Man
Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: "Racing Talk"
Topic: Tinman Runners Update
Replies: 104
Views: 130250

Re: Tinman Runners Update

Excellent posts TM ... you're clearly "in the zone" at the moment.
by Spider Man
Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Help With Transition to Indoor Track
Replies: 13
Views: 4712

Re: Help With Transition to Indoor Track

"While I don't think I have any kids w/ your runner's talent" (Quote: LB26) LB ... sometimes you can't always tell whether the talent is there or not ... for some young athletes it might take 18-24 months (or longer) to materialise ... from my experience what is important is if the athlete has the r...
by Spider Man
Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Flotrack WOW at Wisconsin
Replies: 3
Views: 1854

Re: Flotrack WOW at Wisconsin

What interests me in regards of this session is the overall structure of the session ... Excluding warm-up & cool-down, the structure appears to be ... * Easy Tempo * Faster Tempo * Intervals (with short recoveries) @ marginally faster pace than the Faster Tempo I am a fan of combo workouts that use...
by Spider Man
Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: "My Running"
Topic: Efficient workout for lactate use
Replies: 3
Views: 11674

Re: Efficient workout for lactate use

pf ... these are known as "lactate shuttle" intervals ... they've been around since the 1980s ... & before that the intended effects were achieved (somewhat haphazardly) through traditional "Fartlek" training. In terms of "teaching" the body to make better use of lactate there is logic in this appro...
by Spider Man
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:36 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: From 18:15 5K to 15:45 in one year, same course
Replies: 26
Views: 9920

Re: From 18:15 5K to 15:45 in one year, same course

Despite the fact that I have over 25 years experience as a runner, & have read the works/manuals of numerous coaches including Lydiard, Bowerman, Cerutty, Canova, Hudson, & from the UK, (Harry) Wilson, Frank Horwill, John Anderson etc. etc., I can honestly say that the advice offered (by Tinman) on ...
by Spider Man
Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Quality the day before a workout
Replies: 5
Views: 2512

Re: Quality the day before a workout

Hi Burn ...Yes, the Magness article got me thinking as it was counter to what I tended to do as an athlete i.e. rest the day before a race. The idea of muscle tension itself was (to me) a novel idea but on reflection the idea clearly has merit. Now, with the younger athletes I advise, having done a ...
by Spider Man
Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Quality the day before a workout
Replies: 5
Views: 2512

Re: Quality the day before a workout

Not a direct answer to your Q Tex, but you might find this article on "muscle tension" of interest ...
http://www.scienceofrunning.com/2010/03/key-to-running-fast-on-race-day-muscle.html
by Spider Man
Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:22 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: From 18:15 5K to 15:45 in one year, same course
Replies: 26
Views: 9920

Re: From 18:15 5K to 15:45 in one year, same course

Having said that this (the missing "kick") is not something to concern your son at present, I would endorse gman's comments regards the use of hill sprints . The training group I coach do very, very little traditional anaerobic type training during the autumn/winter (x-country) season, BUT we do inc...
by Spider Man
Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: From 18:15 5K to 15:45 in one year, same course
Replies: 26
Views: 9920

Re: From 18:15 5K to 15:45 in one year, same course

With regard to the missing "Kick" ... I recall a few years ago that the then Head Coach of UKA Athletics (who was from a sprints/throws background) suggested in an article in "Athletics Weekly" (UK publication) that our (UK) best endurance athletes should spend more time in the gym lifting weights e...
by Spider Man
Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:29 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: From 18:15 5K to 15:45 in one year, same course
Replies: 26
Views: 9920

Re: From 18:15 5K to 15:45 in one year, same course

runthe8

Looks as if you're doing fine as it is!