Over the past month we’ve run a series on endurance training, first discussing concepts and methods and then outlining the basics of athletic development for endurance athletes. On this week’s podcast we bring the conversation full circle to discuss how to bring it all together with coach John Larralde. Larralde shares examples of how he has used different methods with different athletes from different athletes can produce top results.
Notes and Quotes
John Larralde has worked a variety of high schools and colleges in California over the past few decades, producing champions at multiple levels. Most notably, he is one of the few coaches to have led two athletes to California state tiles in the mile, a rare feet in a state where all schools compete in one unified championship. He discusses his background, what has changed over the past few decades, putting a plan together, and how to match that to the individual.
- 5:40 – John and Vern’s history together.
- 8:00 – Foot strike and running mechanics: “Everything has to be about about quality foot strikes. ” “You have to teach kids how to run. We are so hung up on the physiology that we are afraid to look at mechanics. “
- 12:20 – The realities of modern physical education.
- 15:40 – Example of 21 day training cycle and progressions.
- 21:00 – Eclectic training: while you emphasize certain elements you never go away from any elements across the spectrum.
- 26:45 – Case studies in coaching different athletes. Case 1: Tom Grewe, 1982 California state 1600m champion.
- 33:00 – Case 2: Coley Candaele, 1990 California state 1600mchampion.
- 38:45 – Case 3: NAIA champ Elysia (Hodges) Mitchell, NAIA record holder 600m.
- 43:00 – Training vs. racing. “A lot of athletes get better at training without getting better at racing. “
- 46:00 – Race readiness, fartleks and VO2 max. “Get to the point where you are really uncomfortable and go 15 seconds into it. “
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- This is the third episode in our series on endurance training. Also listen to GAINcast 91 on endurance methods and concepts and GAINcast 92 on athletic development training for endurance athletes.
- Vern mentioned his work together with Patrick McHugh in coaching miler Peter Callahan. McHugh was a guest on GAINcast 69.
- HMMR Media author Carrie Lane has also discussed putting plans together for endurance athletes. She wrote about strength training planning for runners in an article series. She also discussed it in more detail and demonstrated examples in HMMR Classroom Lesson 8: Lifting for Runners.