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    Hi Ripp,
    I have 3 kids who all run track and cross country. I know you have made your feelings on long distance running very clear, but I am unaware of what you consider to be long distance. The longest race any of them run right now are 2 miles. I bought a sled for them to pull (I wasn't aware of the prowler at the time). Aside from running, are squats and a sled/prowler the best way to prepare them or is there something else we could do? How would you set up training for a 1600m, 2400m, and 3200m? Thanks for your time.

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    I'm not a track coach, sorry.

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    I Ran track and cross country in HS. (I am 45 now).

    Wish I had done some real strength training. I was pretty good. Added strength would have made me really really good.

    I'd imagine NLP twice a week (vs 3)during summer could be a great thing and time to implement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowpoke0610 View Post
    Hi Ripp,
    I have 3 kids who all run track and cross country. I know you have made your feelings on long distance running very clear, but I am unaware of what you consider to be long distance. The longest race any of them run right now are 2 miles. I bought a sled for them to pull (I wasn't aware of the prowler at the time). Aside from running, are squats and a sled/prowler the best way to prepare them or is there something else we could do? How would you set up training for a 1600m, 2400m, and 3200m? Thanks for your time.
    To me the biggest issue with cross country is running that much with a relatively high frequency makes it hard to do a NLP and recover. NLP is a wonderful thing and it works very well but it works best when you do it as your primary focus. Once you start adapting it and changing things you at best make it less efficient and at worst make it easier to get hurt or stall out. Stalling out or missing reps is frustrating and really takes the fun out of the NLP. It would be infinitely better to me to just run it for 6 months in offseason if necessary to get strong and not have the added complexity of trying to serve two goals at once. A strong person can stay strong easier once itís achieved, even while doing their sport. Six months of primary focus is a small time price to pay for a lifetime of strength. Just my 2 cents.

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