Links

Over the years I've amassed quite an impressive collection of links to various running websites.  Below is a list of some of the more helpful ones, along with a very brief description of what to expect.  Some of the older links have gone dead, so I've linked to the Internet Archive's backed-up version of the website.  I apologize for the disorganized format of this page, but it reflects the disorganized nature of my grab-bag of links! I don't endorse all of these links; in fact, I outright disagree with major points in a few of them! But one of the first tasks a budding student of the sport must learn is how to analyze a variety of sources.  There's something to learn in all of these.  Check back once in a while for updates.


Elite Training Programs
Always be dubious of accounts of "typical training weeks" from elites.  They often represent the most an athlete ever does (after all, who would boast about a "down week"?), and reporters are often only interested in the training an athlete does after they have become a great runner. Because of the hearsay involved, oftentimes two different sources will say totally different things about the same athlete's training! Sometimes the training they did to become a great runner is different than the training they do after they've reached that level.  Regardless, there are still interesting patterns and strategies used by these athletes and their coaches in training.

Hicham El Guerrouj (Moroccan world record holder and olympic champion at 1500m) training program.
Marius Bakken on El Guerrouj's training

Sample weeks from Dathan Ritzenhein's high school, college, and post-college training.  Dathan Ritzenhein is a former American record holder at 5000m and has won two bronze medals at major international competitions: the 2001 world junior cross country championships and the 2009 world half marathon championships.
https://web.archive.org/web/20150326085704/http://dathanritzenhein.competitor.com/2010/01/16/different-training/

Haile Gebrselassie, in many minds the greatest distance runner of all time, speaks about his training:

"Typical" training week for Kenenisa Bekele (4-time Olympic champion at 5km/10km) and the Ethiopian national team

"Training of the Champions"—brief quips on the training of various international elites

2004 Training of elite Kenyans Augustine Choge and Isaac Songok.

Article by Kenny Moore on how the Kenyans live and train:
http://www.science.smith.edu/exer_sci/ESS200/Raceh/Moore.htm

Video with Peter Snell, who won three middle-distance (800m twice, 1500m once) gold medals at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics, describes his training under Arthur Lydiard.
Sports Illustrated article on Peter Snell

Joe Vigil on Deena Kastor's training before her bronze medal in the 2004 Olympic marathon.

Interview with Brian Sell, an American who could not break 10 minutes for 3200m in high school yet went on to make an Olympic team in the marathon (text is nearly the same color as background because of archiving issues; click Edit->Select All in your browser to see the text properly, or just copy to a word processor)

Nearly complete lifetime running logs of Bob Hodge, a 2:10 marathoner.  Includes high school, college, and post-college.

High School Training

Brief summary of summer mileage for Neuqua Valley High School, home of Chris Derrick, who ran a 13:55 5k his senior year of high school.  Neuqua Valley is also a perennial state powerhouse in track and cross country and has an impressive number of runners go on to run in college (at all levels). 

Analysis and comments on various training methods by Steve Magness, 4:01 high school miler:

High school training of Steve Prefontaine, one of America's top distance talents in the '70s who died tragically when he crashed his car driving home from a party.


Health and Injuries
Keeping female runners healthy with Karen Harvey, head coach at Florida State University

The Therapy Corner with Gabe Yankowitz, a physical therapist who freely posts his opinions on the causes of injuries on the internet. As always, take any medical advice with a grain of salt—he makes some good points, but I don't agree with him all the time.

American College of Sports Medicine position stand: The female athlete triad
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17909417

General Middle- and Long-distance Training

Brief interview with Arthur Lydiard:

"Malmo's Manifesto," a short piece by former steeplechase American record holder and 61-minute half-marathoner George "Malmo" Malley

Joe Rubio's Middle Distance Outline Guide

Summary of energy pathways used during athletic efforts—a basic primer to aerobic/anaerobic running

Letsrun.com training talk: several ~70min long podcasts with top runners and coaches.  Hosted by Robert Johnson, assistant coach at Cornell University and co-founder of LetsRun.com.  Rarely updated, unforunately.
http://www.letsrun.com/2010/trainingtalkmain0101.php


The Steeplechase

Development of the Steeplechaser by Dr. Russ Ebbets

Steeplechase Training by Jeff Hess

Steeplechase Technique by Chick Hislop, former coach at Weber State (this is the best of the steeplechase articles)

Auxiliary Training
Some of these links have programs for athletes other than distance runners.  But a long-distance runner can learn a lot from the strength training of a jumper or the speed training of a sprinter.

Discussion on strength training for sprinters and jumpers at Louisiana State University, coached by Irving "Boo" Schexnayder, one of the top strength coaches in the country

Interview with "Boo" Schexnayder

Video compilation of a team of elite Ethiopian runners warming up before a race (men and a few women, they appear to do all the same exercises)—includes Kenenisa Bekele.

400m training with Clyde Hart, the top 400m coach in the world


Equipment and Gear
Running is not an equipment-heavy sport, but you'll still need a good pair of shoes and a watch, if nothing else.

Guide from RunnerClick on how to pick the best overall running shoes
http://runnerclick.com/best-overall-running-shoes/

Article on how to find marathon shoes for your next big race
http://nicershoes.com/how-to-find-the-best-marathon-shoes/

Miscellaneous

"Runners," a short memoir by Roger Hart

Explanation of which track markings mean what, and how they are often screwed up

How and why Kenyans can often get away with going out very hard or throwing in very fast surges during races when the most scientifically efficient strategy is an even pace

Interview with Meb Keflezighi after he won the NYC Marathon

Interview with Billy Mills, surprise 10000m gold medalist at 1964 Tokyo Olympics