"The goal in running longevity is how to stay fast without running hard. Because running hard beats the shit out of you...."
"If you’ve developed speed over your lifetime, that doesn’t go away," Cucuzzella says. "Running a marathon fast, I mean, all of us have the speed to do it. It’s all about the endurance. I do drills almost every day -- short sprints, strides, drills -- to keep the spring, keep that fascia, keep that quickness. But that's not hard."
Update: We decided to move up the following post from Loudoun Valley coach Joan Hunter.
So happy to see an article on Mark! He is an amazing supporter of his local running community, really generous with his time and knowledge. I am helping out at a summer camp that he is directing this July, and it will be the first overnight camp our team has gone to. We have done his summer day camps in the past and I felt his approach to lifelong, healthy running was something I wanted my athletes to learn more about, so I am excited about this opportunity for my high schoolers. I will also mention that the camp will be a great place for Type 1 diabetic athletes (like my son Jacob) with an emphasis on learning to fuel properly for training while still maintaining healthy blood sugars (quite a challenge). Here is a link to the camp for anyone who is interested: