More on Strength Training for Runners, including core/stability...

I'd like to highlight a "comment" that my friend and fellow Grad Student Matt Andre was going to post on the Strength Training post.  It's a great supplementation to that post and adds some good references and insight from a different person, so I figured it would be useful for readers if it was a seperate post.  Matt is finishing up his thesis that focuses on Sprinting, and will be pursuing his PhD at Kansas next year.  Thanks for the great comment, and I'd just add that I agree with everything said. 
Matt's take on strength training:

What's in your ideal running/training Book??

I'm writing a book.

After talking with friends and looking at all the info I have laying around, I decided to put together a book that will combine looking at the science of running and a practical approach to training serious runners.  When I first started coaching I came up with what I called my cheat sheet guide to training, which was a couple page outline of my training philosophy.  As my coaching progressed, I'd add on details and go into more depth with each aspect in the training guide.  There was no plan in turning it into anything, it's just the best way I learn and analyze.  If I outline, expand, and write out my views it makes me take a very critical look at my training viewpoints.  Long story short, this couple page training guide turned into a monster of a 40-50pg document, of which I had to create a real "cheat sheet guide" of a page or two to make it practical.  The point is, this document makes a terrific outline and foundation for a book on training runners.

Running Form- How Arms and Legs are coordinated-VIDEO

If you subscribe to my youtube channel, you might have seen this about a week ago.  It's a video of me sprinting with some frame by frame commentary and analysis.  The point of the video is to show how the arms and legs are intricately linked.

Too often, we all try and work on running form in isolation (which is why Drills are no good), when in reality we need to look at it as a whole.  The various segments of the body do not work in isolation as if we were doing butt kicks.  Instead, it's an entire integrated whole where the various segments interact and can influence subsequent movements or other segments.  In addition to isolating segments when doing form work, many also isolate segments when analyzing form.  Most of us coaches have a checklist of things that should be happening (footstrike, arm angles, shin angles, body position, etc.) and if one of those things is incorrect, we focus solely on that segment.  For instance, if the runner is reaching out with his lower leg and heel striking, when we work on form we focus entirely on getting the foot down sooner.  Instead, the foot being out in front could be a symptom, not the problem.  Often times, what comes out as being visually "incorrect" is often a symptom of a problem elsewhere. 

In this video, I'll show one example of how the arms and legs interact.  In this case, an incorrect lower leg movement is a symptom of something going on in the arms. If we only focused on the legs, I couldn't correct it no matter what I tried because it isn't the cause, it is merely a symptom.  That's why we need to take a whole body approach to movement.


High School kids shine

I just wanted to make a quick post about some ofthe HS guys I coach.  If you follow me on twitter or facebook, you probably know already but Ryan won the TX state champs in 9:00 yesterday.  It was one of the most impresive races I've seen and I highly suggest you take a look (it's below).  They went out in 4:42 and Ryan came back in 4:18, with a 2:04 last 800m.  You should watch it because Ryan executed his tactics brilliantly. 

Me and Coach Stew figure out everything...

While the title is in jest, I thought I'd post some random musings based on a conversation I recently had with my High School coach, Coach Stewart. We covered a range of topics from barefootin' to stretching to the importance of an active lifestyle, so I'll briefly highlight the points.

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