As the best-selling guide in the sport, Training Young Distance Runners has helped countless runners achieve their best times, avoid injuries, and improve their performance progressively from season to season. Updated, expanded, and enhanced, this new edition further solidifies its standing as a must-have for athletes and coaches in cross country, track and field, and road racing.
Running experts Larry Greene and Russ Pate combine the latest research with training, development, and conditioning plans from the most successful high school and college programs in the world. You’ll learn to optimize performance through tempo running, interval training, and technique work to improve form. You’ll gain a competitive advantage with expert advice and strategies for event-specific training, avoiding injuries, and overcoming setbacks.
With guidelines for designing customized daily, weekly, and seasonal programs—as well as coverage of hot topics including nutritional supplements, barefoot running and minimalist shoes, and gearing training to the specific needs of girls and boys—Training Young Distance Runners is the most complete and current training guide for the sport. Essential reading for coaches, parents, and young runners, this book has everything you need to get and stay ahead of the pack.
Coaches of distance runners ages 12 to 18 years. These runners may be cross country athletes, track athletes participating in longer events, or road racers. Secondary audiences: Serious distance runners in their teens. To a lesser extent, parents of young distance runners.
Part I: Running Fundamentals
Chapter 1 Peak Development
Chapter 2 Teen Physiology
Chapter 3 Optimal Nutrition
Chapter 4 Champion Psyche
Chapter 5 Form Fundamentals
Part II: Training and Racing Programs
Chapter 6 General Training
Chapter 7 Race-Specific Training
Chapter 8 Program Building
Chapter 9 Planning Training
Chapter 10 Dealing with Setbacks
“It's all here! Science you can understand, nutrition that makes sense, how to race, and how to train, all spelled out for coach, parent, or aspiring young runner.”
Tom Heinonen-- Coach of University of Oregon Running Club, 2004-2014, University of Oregon Women's Track Coach, 1977-2003
“Authors Larry Greene and Russell Pate, in their acclaimed book Training Young Distance Runners, provide coaches with the latest scientific information to maximize individual potential in teen distance runners.”
Mel Williams-- Participant in More Than 100 marathons, Author of Nutrition for Health, Fitness & Sport
“Training Young Distance Runners skillfully integrates sport science into the specific, age-appropriate design of youth endurance training programs. I resoundingly recommend this book as a ‘must read’ resource for all coaches of young runners.”
Dr. Jeffrey I. Messer-- Girls’ Cross-Country Coach and Track-&-Field Coach, Desert Vista High School
Professor of Exercise Physiology