Distant Star Rupp to Get Sprint Training

The byline from Track & Field News: Oregon distance redshirt Galen Rupp intends to travel to Orlando this spring to work on power and accelereation under the tutelage of USATF High Performance coach Brooks Johnson. Former Stanford head Johnson, the ’84 Olympic women’s coach, has long touted optimizing biomechanical efficiency as a cornerstone of training for any event. Rupp’s coach, Alberto Salazar, told the Portland Oregonian that Johnson’s plan will focus on devleoping Rupp’s hamstrings and gluteal muscels, leading, they hope to increased speed and power at the end of a fast 10,000. Rupp placed 11th in the World Championships 10k last year.

Here is a wonderful example of how advocates of more miles (like Salazar) come to a point that speed is the real secret to success in running. Run fast to race fast. Even he has realized (at least in this one case) that adding more and more miles is not going to get Rupp’s leg muscles to fire faster and generate more output. His VO2max may be through the roof… but it won’t win him a medal.

Runners get their power from the back of their legs – gluteals, hamstrings and calves. If these muscle groups are not developed through power and speed work of various kinds – on a very regular basis – you end up with muscles that can go forever but not faster. In most cases, and most definitely in elite races, the fastest runner towards the end of the race will win. And most distance runners neglect these muscle groups through steady state and long slow distance running.

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About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - trailrunningclub.com. I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for Running-Advice.com. I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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One Response to Distant Star Rupp to Get Sprint Training

  1. Linda says:

    We’ve been telling our runners this for a long time – fast running only comes from fast running. You need fartleks and hill-training to improve times, not endless plodding.

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