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Train For Success With These Steep Hill Sprints

Train For Success With These Steep Hill Sprints

One of the signature training methods I use with my runners in the Marathon Performance Training Group are steep hill sprints. These short, maximum-intensity efforts against gravity provide two key benefits. They strengthen all of the running muscles, making the runner much less injury-prone. They also increase the power and efficiency of the stride, enabling the […]

A Better Way To Judge Your Goal Progress

A Better Way To Judge Your Goal Progress

Goal: Track your progress toward a race goal with a key weekly workout. Here are three typical examples and their ‘better’ counterparts. Typical: Pick one workout you think is important to do for your goal race. For example, for a 5K, 6 x 800m with a 400m recovery jog. Better: Map out a series of […]

An Event of Intensity: 800m Training

An Event of Intensity: 800m Training

Although I would have preferred to include 800m-1500m discussion in Run Faster, there wasn’t a market for it at the time. The following may prove to be useful for those who are interested in learning more about it. If you have spent any time reviewing elite program training in the 800m, chances are you’ve seen […]

Strength Endurance Workouts For XC

Strength Endurance Workouts For XC

I have gotten quite a few questions about racing well in the mud (10-12km) vs. a faster cross country surface. The first thing to understand is that the two most important things to racing well in cross country are the connection to strength endurance and power endurance related to your aerobic support (normally 4mmol threshold) […]

Fine-Tuning Your Race Fitness

Fine-Tuning Your Race Fitness

The following is adapted from the book, “Run Faster From the 5k to the Marathon : How to be your own best coach”. Authored by Brad Hudson. After a bad race or two, or a spell of sub-par training, it’s common to think, “I don’t feel fit.” Unfortunately, it’s also common to resolve to ramp […]

Taking A Closer Look At Hill Sprints

Taking A Closer Look At Hill Sprints

Every runner I coach does regular sessions of short hill sprints. Should you? Well, these brief, maximal-intensity effort against gravity offer two key benefits …

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