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Subject: RE: York and Coach Newton's summer training program for real?
That is, word for word, Week One of his listed workouts in his 1998 book, "Coaching Cross Country Successfully"--the first week of workouts that his top group did in 1996. So, though I suppose that those workouts might have taken place in the last week of August or something, they were actually the first of twelve weeks of official "in season" practices, and not really summer training.
[That said, I can assure you that his actual summer program involves a lot of variety and a lot of volume--MUCH more structured than "go out and get some miles this summer."]
Joe's training evolves over time--if you can get hold of his "Long Green Line," which details the training his 1968 team did, you'll be staggered by what they did--and I doubt that what he did 15+ years ago is exactly what his guys will do this fall; but what you listed can give you an idea. NOTE than the work schedule is scaled back considerably for his lesser groups, including his frosh "beginners," who run exactly one 400m lap per day for the first few days!
Also NOTE that what was listed was just the "meat" of the workout--the book indicates what *else* is done daily, except on long-run days:
"Most days were preceded by a warm-up of several miles, calisthenics, and six x 100. After the main workout came a fast 300, 10 to 24 x 100, and a two-mile cooldown. A second workout of three to five miles was recommended but not required." So a total of seven or eight miles, *besides* the "meat" of the workout, is completely normal.
They win a lot. Go figure.
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