Posts by Greg McMillan

BUILT TO LAST

THE MOST UNDERRATED ‘TALENT’ FOR DISTANCE RUNNING SUCCESS IS DURABILITY I always thought I was talented. I won my state championship in the mile. I ran 53 seconds for 400m and my VO2 max was tested at more than 76 ml/kg/min (quite high). I was also driven, loved training and was competitive. And even at…
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CROSS COUNTRY SUMMER

COACHING TO MAXIMIZE INDIVIDUAL GAINS. As a former cross country runner, now a coach, I believe in the statement, “Cross country champions are made in the summer.” But what exactly does that mean? Is summer preparation just about the 500-, 750- or 1,000-mile club? I think not. In working with high school runners, I need…
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WHAT MAKES A GREAT COACH?

WHILE DIFFERENT IN STYLE, THE BEST SHARE SIMILAR CHARACTERISTICS Our sport has had several truly great coaches over the last few decades. Each has his or her own style — some militaristic, others more Zen, all caring deeply about their athletes. Their training programs, while all sound, are as varied as their personalities. I’ve been…
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SPRINT QUARTERS AND COMBO QUARTERS

THE FUN CONTINUES WITH TWO GREAT WORKOUTS Last month, I wrote about two of my favorite “quarter” (one lap of the track) workouts:  Stamina Quarters and Speed Quarters. Here I detail my other two favorite quarter workouts: Sprint Quarters and Combo Quarters. SPRINT QUARTERS The sprint zone is, well, your sprinting pace. For most runners,…
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STAMINA AND SPEED QUARTERS

WHY I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THEM–AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU. Since high school, I’ve loved running quarters. There’s just something beautiful about running one lap of the track fast, taking a recovery break, then doing it again. I’ve certainly lost count of how many times I’ve run quarters, but they’ll always be one of my…
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THE MILE CUT-DOWN

A PERFECT MIDSUMMER WORKOUT The Mile Cut-Down is one of the best workouts you can do this time of the year. No matter if you’re in the middle of your summer 5K to half marathon road race season, coming back after a break from a spring/early summer peak race or beginning your buildup for your…
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