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Strength Methods for Distance Runners

Earlier this week we looked at why runners need to lift. Now that you understand the why, let’s look at what kind of strength training provides the specific neuromuscular and physiological benefits we discussed above. To review, there are three purposes to lifting:

  1. Improve running economy;
  2. Provide movement patterns that contrast the repetitive nature of running; and
  3. Accelerate recovery to prepare for the next hard workout and to reduce injury potential.

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GAINcast Episode 69: Long-Term Development (with Patrick McHugh)

At North Shore Country Day School students range from age 4 to 18. As athletic director, Patrick McHugh has had a chance to put in place a truly long-term athletic development process. The key word there is process: long-term development is not a model, but a process that is never linear. On this episode he talked about his philosophy and more. Read more

Why Runners Need to Lift

As a college athlete, our field event teammates called us distance runners the “skinnies.” For us, the weight room was optional and any organized training program was, well, disorganized. Things are starting to evolve more recently and many distance runners are no strangers to weight rooms now. But for those who coach the skinnies, strength training can still be an overwhelming world of muscle-bound information that is difficult to pare down to what is most beneficial for endurance creatures. Read more

GAINCast Episode 60: It’s Not That Complicated

At the end of day, training comes down to a few core principles. Yet the complexity of the human body often cause us to lose focus of this and make training more complex than it needs to be in many cases. On this episode of the GAINcast we discuss the need to keep things simple and how to keep things simple. Read more

GAINcast Episode 59: Take It to the Limit (with Dr. Michael Joyner)

How far can we take the human body? Can we break two hours in the marathon? Or will Usain Bolt’s records ever fall? Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic has spent his career asking that very question. On this week’s episode of the GAINcast, Dr. Joyner joins us to discuss the limits of human performance, what training and sports science need to improve upon to take us there, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 85: Married to the Job (with Danny and Katie Mackey)

Professional running coach Danny Mackey of the Brooks Beasts is literally married to his job. As he wrote about on HMMR Media last year, his team includes his wife, elite middle distance runner Katie Mackey. On this week’s episode we sit down with Danny and Katie to discuss how they make the most of the set up, what they are striving to improve upon, and the key factors in building a team. Read more

Dealing With the Downsides of the Information Age

Over on the GAINcast we are in the middle of a three-part series of interviews that Vern did with staff members at the US Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence. Throughout the course of the interviews one recurring theme has emerged: the use data in sport. We are in the information age, and many coaches spend as much time with information as they do with athletes. But despite being with different teams and working in different roles, the staff all saw this as one of the most important issues they confront daily. To put it simply, we are not always getting much in return for the time we spend with information. The final interview will be up in two weeks, but in it Troy Taylor summarized the issue well: Read more

4 Rules For Coaching Your Spouse

One of the questions I get asked on a regular basis, be it from an athlete, coach, fan or journalist, is “how is it coaching your wife?” Depending on who is asking, the question might be a preamble into marriage counseling, a validation of their skepticism, or a thinly veiled gauge of my sanity. The one consistent is my answer: it is not simple. Read more

Searching for Hard Science in Sport

As much as we want it to be, athletics is not a “hard” science. The truth: unequivocally, sport falls within the realm of “soft” sciences. No experiment demonstrates this better than the US Olympic Track & Field trials, which I was pirvileged to coach at and witness this month. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 51: From Running to Throwing and Back Again (with Carrie Lane)

In various roles as a distance running coach, throwing coach, strength and conditioning coach, and physical performance specialist Carrie Lane has helped athletes in almost every capacity possible. Her career has also come full circle in a way: she began as a runner and distance coach, then worked with some of the world’s best throwers like Adam Nelson, and is now back working with a variety of individuals including endurance athletes again. Working across so many sports and cultures have given her a unique insight on training and she joins the podcast to share her experiences and discuss what we can learn other sports. Read more