Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Coach, New Workouts for Shalane Flanagan

I have a new coach and I'm starting to integrate some of his new training, so new stimulus for me, meaning the volume at which he's requiring me to run, it's just larger than I've ever taken on. One example of a workout is seven by a mile repeats, and I've never done anything like that. I can count on one hand how many times I've done 10K worth of work on a track or anything like that. Just the volume and the pace at which I ran, and just a string of where I had in seven days where I had four really quality workouts -Olympic 10,000 meter bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan, who is now coached by former U. of Wisconsin coach Jerry Schumacher (now a coach with Nike based out of Portland). runnersworld.com

MY COMMENT: 7 X 1 mile? I'm wondering how fast and what was the rest interval? Shalane Flanagan has an Olympic medal plus American records for 3K, 5K, and 10K. Clearly she has been doing something right. I find it interesting that a runner of Flangan's caliber puts so much trust in a new coach and different training regiment. Hopefully she made the right decision. Remember Schumacher coaches Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp, both who clearly underperformed in 2008, an Olympic year.

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