Through my years as a high school, college, and post-collegiate runner, working with outstanding coaches has been a constant. Additionally, I've had the privilege of training with athletes who possess a deep and varied knowledge of athletic performance.
In my coaching career, I've been fortunate to work alongside and learn from talented coaches and train successful, highly motivated athletes.
By pairing my personal experience with what I've learned, both from those I've worked with and through research, I have created a set of tenets that guide my decisions in coaching.
Consistency is Key
The number one determinant of success in distance running is consistency in training over weeks, months, and years.
Plan to Athlete
Every athlete has a unique training history, set of goals, and schedule. These must all be considered when creating a training plan.
Big Goals, Small Steps
In training, it is important to identify measurable behaviors that, when completed on a daily or weekly basis, can propel athletes towards accomplishing their goals.
Within a training block it is important to progress through workouts appropriately. Between training blocks, it is essential to evaluate results and identify what to incorporate or stress at elevated levels.
All Paces Always
Regardless of goal race distance, athletes should be touching on all paces from easy, aerobic running to high intensity sprinting. The level at which each pace is stressed is determined by the goal race distance.