Author: jsaltmarsh

  • Hobbs Kessler: A Unique Approach to Training

    Hobbs Kessler: A Unique Approach to Training

    Hobbs Kessler’s name should be on every coach’s radar. His recent 3:48 in the Wannamaker Mile, just two years after competing in high school, is a remarkable feat. But what truly sets him apart is his unconventional training approach challenging established norms and sparking lively discussions within the coaching community.

  • Nico Young Goes Sub-13 in the 5K!

    Nico Young Goes Sub-13 in the 5K!

    Nico Young is the fastest 5000m runner in the college ranks. Move over Graham Blanks. On Friday, January 26, the Northern Arizona University junior shattered Blanks’ record time of 13:03.72 by running 12:57.14 at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University. Nico Young’s Pre-Meet Training Okay. Nico is definitely a stud. He’s just run a 5K…

  • Coaching the Modern High School Athlete

    Coaching the Modern High School Athlete

    As a high school running coach for over a decade, I’ve witnessed the growing tension between the long-term nature of athletic development and the pervasive culture of instant gratification. We live in a world of “likes” and immediate feedback, where results are often expected overnight. This mindset can create challenges for coaches and athletes alike,…

  • Jack Daniels: VDOT

    Jack Daniels: VDOT

    This article is the fourth in a series of four articles that will examine how legendary distance coaches like Jack Daniels have impacted modern distance training methodology. Jack Daniels, former Olympian and esteemed exercise scientist, is renowned as an iconic figure in distance running. Recognized as the “World’s Best Running Coach” by Runners World magazine, Dr. Daniels…

  • Lydiard Lacing Method

    Lydiard Lacing Method

    Coach Arthur Lydiard was revolutionary in his approach to training middle distance and distance runners. His Training Pyramid is still the model most often used by distance coaches today and greatly influenced both Jack Daniels, Joe Vigil and others. But, did you know he also perfected a way of lacing shoes to relieve pressure on…

  • Cross-Training to Maximize Running Performance

    Cross-Training to Maximize Running Performance

    Cross-training is more than just a tool for injured athletes; it amplifies training volume, aids recovery, and revitalizes an athlete’s passion for the sport.

  • Coach Joe Vigil: Cracking the Code

    Coach Joe Vigil: Cracking the Code

    This article delves deep into Dr. Vigil’s training philosophy, unveiling the principles that shaped champions and revolutionized distance running with emphasis on how his methods can be applied to high school distance programs.

  • Coach Arthur Lydiard: Building a Pyramid

    Coach Arthur Lydiard: Building a Pyramid

    Discover the legacy of Arthur Lydiard, Coach of the Century, whose pioneering approach to distance running remains a cornerstone for coaches and athletes worldwide. Explore periodization, base building, and peak performance strategies pivotal in successful distance training.

  • Building Team Culture: From Fun to Fierce

    Building Team Culture: From Fun to Fierce

    Building a successful high school cross-country (XC) or track team isn’t just about individual talent or winning races—it’s about cultivating a team culture that thrives on unity, camaraderie, and common goals. A tight-knit team culture can significantly impact a team’s performance. And, if your team is anything like mine, you know that half the reason…

  • College Recruitment: Navigating the Process

    College Recruitment: Navigating the Process

    Securing a spot on a collegiate cross country team involves more than just impressive race times. Navigating the recruitment process requires a strategic approach that includes academics and effective communication with collegiate coaches.