Switzer's MARRIED? Wow. Didn't know that.
Sarah Mae Berman was before her at Boston and to my knowledge has never gotten proper recognition for it.
Hmmm. One shove and a career was born. Funny world.
Sorry Nobby but I have to disagree. Big time. Many of the earliest coaching systems included sprint work even going right back to the days of Newton and Shrubb et al. Prior to 1900.
As far as I'm concerned, Lydiard was one of the first distance running coaches to include sprint work to distance training.
"Sprint training" is a fanciful term meaning different things to different people. For instance 10x100 with a minute rest - this might be "sprint training" for some but not for others. Coach Canova has his runners do very short hill runs all out with a lot of rest. That might be closer to "sprint training", but ??? I think "sprint training" should mean all out running at short distances with A LOT of time inbetween multiple runs for neuro recruitment training among other aspects. Anything that lessens a sprinters ability to go at top speed is not sprint training. This could mean 20-40-60-80 with 30min in between, or even something like 1x250 as a special sprinting endurance session.
I apologize in advance if I'm making an assumption here but I said "sprint" training; not simply "speed" training such as repetitons or intervals.