mistake lake wrote:
OS4 or anyone...
All of my middle distance and distance runners will be coming straight from basketball and will have just a 12 week season.
In the past, I have approached training in a couple of ways after their season is over-
one being working solely on endurance (long runs, easy runs, some mild LT work) and speed work of the 30-60m variety (3-6x 30-60m) for the first 4 weeks. The first few meets, they would run a variety of races from the 200-3200m, depending on the kid. A lot of success by the end of the year from this.
Last season, we started training all "systems" simutaneously and gradually progressed. It was hit or miss last season and we never ran as well as I thought we would have. Not nearly as well as the year before. Some kids didn't even PR. The weather was awful, however. We never had a "nice" meet and were only able to get on our gravel track for 2 workouts all year. So maybe our race results were skewed a little.
My question, though- what are some ideas on how to approach training with a group like this; coming straight from basketball?
I played bball in HS, and it really helped my running as it was essentially circuit training building alot of leg power. I found as you suspected that i needed a dose of aerobic work up front to translate it into running speed, so I would tend to agree with your suspicion that you were doing the right thing previously and that getting away from it might have had something to do with the relatively less improvement. I remember it took me about 3 weeks to have a decent 5-6 mile run, but once I did I was able to tackle intervals and pace work very quickly and tune up for racing.