He has made the greatest contributions to long distance training and racing in history.  Period.  His training practices and theories have produced numerous Olympic medals beginning with the 1960 Rome and 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  50 years later his training theories continue their impact amongst coaches from youth to professional ranks.  His promotion of cross country and marathon based training found [...]

It is that time of year.  The calendar says it is Christmas which means a quick close to December and putting 2015 in the books.  I really enjoy this time of year!  In addition to the celebrations it is a time to reflect on and evaluate this past year.  Why?  Without looking behind how will we know where to go? [...]

The event will be forever etched in my memory.  I was a sophomore in high school and had just stepped into early morning band practice.  I played in the percussion section and on this particular day was placed in a bass drum role that I had not prepared for. Playing the bass drum is relatively simple … just keep the [...]

The event will be forever etched in my memory.  I was a sophomore in high school and had just stepped into early morning band practice.  I played in the percussion section and on this particular day was placed in a bass drum role that I had not prepared for. Playing the bass drum is relatively simple … just keep the [...]

The 4 x 1 mile repeats were clicking off with precision. Guess it helps to run this workout in Track Town, USA on the Adidas Trail.  As much fun as this workout was the nagging pain in my right hip was commanding additional attention with each step.  The cool down back to the motel was not fun.  In fact hard [...]

Our anchor leg  had to just hang on to the lead we had built and we would win this race and claim the top spot on the podium at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. High School Boys 4 X 880y relay. Little Iowa farming community whooping up on the big Iowa schools. Crowd in excess of 20,000 [...]

Train With Flexibility

“How was your daughter’s wedding?” – a friend asked.  “An absolute hoot!” was my response.  And it was.  I haven’t eaten that much cake nor danced so late into the night than that outdoor country wedding just a few weeks ago.  Looking at my training diary it appeared I did rather enjoy myself.  Nothing but goose eggs for a few [...]

I once heard a cross country coach state that “form doesn’t matter, it’s all about conditioning” in response to a question from a parent concerned about his son’s awkward looking running form. The truth is, your running form does matter, both from a performance and injury prevention perspective. One of the discriminating factors between distance runners is their level of [...]