Category Archives: Track and Field

Coaches, parents, runners – who needs mental game training more?

I’ve seen a lot over my years of coaching youth runners, directing running camps, working with parents and other coaches. I have indeed seen the proverbial good, the bad and the ugly. In almost every case there is no malice or … Continue reading

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Stop the Presses – This will kill you!

As many of you know I have a  hard time joining the bandwagon for fads, poor science and bad research studies/interpretations. Alex Hutchinson writes some pretty good stuff for Runners World. Most recently he wrote about a controversial study that … Continue reading

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Running Camp – Can Adults go Too?

Every summer the popular thing to do if you have children is to find camps to send them to. Camps exist for every taste – from cheer, to leadership, to knitting, to soccer to running. But, what about a break … Continue reading

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Coaching Dilemma – Athlete Dilemma – Part II

Previously I addressed the issue of athletes going off to college and confronted with the reality of the pressures of collegiate competition and coaches. This time I want to discuss the high school youth athlete who has a conflict with … Continue reading

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Get Good in Practice to Get Good in Competition

Here is a finding from research on one aspect of mental game training – the effect of an athlete’s excitation – or “arousal level” as they say on sports performance. Complex however is a relative term. This is not solely for skill … Continue reading

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Racing Shoes or Training Shoes for Races?

I have been asked numerous times if racing flats should be worn in races and ‘will it make me faster’. So, I’m going to share some common statements and scientific-based information about this topic along with some recent research. Then … Continue reading

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Olympic – Running – Track Terms, Acronyms and Abbreviations

With the Olympics rolling along I realized that there are many terms and abbreviations that the “running world” uses. Many everyday runners do not know these let alone the general populace watching track and field for the first time in … Continue reading

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