800 meter Training with Scott Christensen
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For 400 meter runners, there may be a day when you will be asked to move up to the 800 meters, especially if you are tall & lean, and haven’t improved over several seasons.
For 800 meter coaches and athletes, you are probably asking yourself these questions:
What the ideal mileage for 800 and 1500 meter runners?
Should mileage differ for GPP fall training, pre-competition, and the competition phase?
If you train long to short, how fast and short (in distance) should your sprint sessions be?
How much volume should you do for track workouts?
What pace should you use for various distances? How close to race pace, or faster?
Should you do Tempo running?
Do 20 minute runs or LESS have any value?
What are the rules for pacing ‘base mileage’ and ‘recovery mileage’?
Should VO2 max pace change every 12-14 days to prevent workouts from losing value and effectiveness?
And the most important question of all…. Where is the 800 meter race WON and LOST? … and HOW do you prepare for that?
Can you answer these questions? And then there is the 1500m and Mile.
Peter Coe, the father and coach of Sebastian Coe, once said, “The 800 and 1500 meter events are physiologically very close, but very distant psychologically”
I have attempted to answer some of these questions in various posts in the Blog (and future posts), with several comparisons to Elite training plans just to understand the physiology behind 800 meter training.
Athlete and Event Profiling for the Middle Distance Events
Training Modalities for the 800m and 1600m Events
The Multi-Paced Training Scheme for the 800m and 1600m Events
Key Workouts for Each Pace of the Multi-Paced Training Scheme
Each video is about 40 minutes long. The program normally costs $67 but is on sale until Friday midnight (February 11, 2011) for only $47.
Coach Christensen is going to run a live Q&A chat session for the first 150 people who registers for the program (time and date to be determined). That way, you can get specific answers to questions you have from watching the videos.
I wish all coaches with products for sale offer a post-sale service. To me, this means credibility, and to demonstrate his or her knowledge on the hot-seat.