high school xc coach wrote:
It's tough to throw 20 minutes of that stuff in when you already feel like you are waking up as early as possible to get your run in, or trying to squeeze a run in between dinner and bedtime, etc. etc.
Agree. I can't say that plyometric and running-form drills don't help. But if I'm trying to balance a full-time job, marriage, parenthood, 70 mile weeks + upper body/core work, and something's got to give, skipping drills and knee kicks aren't going to make the cut.
But if you're a pro, you've finished your two hours of running for the day and want to do something useful in the next 6 hours of your work day that doesn't involve more running, absolutely, do drills.