Sun, 10 December 2017
John O'Malley is unquestionably one of the best high school coaches in the country. As the boys coach at Sandburg HS (IL) he has had teams run 7:46 or faster in the 4 x 800m the last four years. In cross country he has coached two Footlocker National Champions - Lukas Verzbicas (2009) and Dylan Jacobs (2017) - an accomplishment no other high school coach can claim.
In these three excerpts from his full interview with High School Running Coach, he discuses the elements of success, the importance of building a culture, and the importance of having a progression of training.
Coach O'Malley will be speaking twice at the Boulder Running Clinics in January, 2018. BoulderRunningClinics.com.
Become a member of HighSchoolRunningCoach.com and get Coach O'Malley's documents on training philosophy, as well as day by day training for outdoor track.
Fri, 8 December 2017
In this Q&A I answer questions from Jim. He has read Simple Marathon Training and his questions are well informed. Thanks Jim!
His questions are as follows.
1. Do you always prescribe minutes to even advanced runners? If so, why?
2. Can you run your easy days too easy?
3. During your fundamental phase, do you see value in hill sprints as well?
4. During your foundational phase, do you see value in starting to progress a moderate speed long run in distance to prepare for marathon-specific training?
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Wed, 6 December 2017
Jonathan Dalby is one of the most successful coaching in the country. He had two teams qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals this past week. His boys earned a podium spot, finishing 3rd, while his girls team finished 6th. Only Fayetteville-Manlius had a higher combined team finish.
In this interview, which are excerpts from his full length interview on HighSchoolRunningCoach.com, he talks about the elements of success, such as being consistent and putting in the work. He then goes ins a discussion about team culture and not underestimating the social aspect of the team. Finally, he shares a guiding training principle of going from general work to more specific work.
Jonathan is speaking at the January 2018 Boulder Running Clinics and his presentation on coaching freshmen will videoed. Check BoulderRunningClinics.com for that video.
Mon, 4 December 2017
Dan Iverson is the girls coach at Naperville North HS in Naperville, IL. His girls finished 2nd this past weekend at the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN).
In this podcast he talks about the culture and the structure of the team. He talks about the unique team camp his team to start the cross country season. He discusses the training his athletes do between the end of the cross country season and the start of outdoor track. Finally, Dan discusses the non-running things like drills, yoga and rope stretching.
Dan's a tremendous person and is truly an athlete-centered coach.
He will be speaking at the January 2018 Boulder Running Clinics High School Clinic (January 12th and 13th).
If you want to hear the entire interview, as well as get access to the training documents referenced in this podcast, go to HighSchoolRunningCoach.com and become a member.