The Art and Science of Distance Running

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The Art and Science of Distance Running prepares coaches for using evidence-based coaching methodology without being overloaded with excessive scientific jargon. Taking the reader through the entire process of leading a team, this book will help coaches at all levels to feel more confident in applying evidence-based practices that truly serve as an extension of the classroom. The first few months and years of coaching are very important. Experiences during this period can set the tone for a promising and rewarding coaching career toward growth and development. Some coaches and athletes will attempt to bypass growth and create immediate results, but long-term growth will never be established in that way. When a farmer places a seed in the ground, patience empowers that seed to grow. In the same way, sticking with positive habits and wise choices will always bring about the most fruitful harvest. As Robert Lewis Stevenson once stated, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seed you plant.” This book will help the coach grow their program using practical strategies that can be utilized from the foundation upward. Whether you are a beginning coach or a veteran, this exciting new book will provide you with a wealth of practical, researched, and field-tested information and application ideas for your situation. In this book, you will find:


• A sound foundation in the prerequisite content knowledge needed to coach distance runners effectively

• Insights into how to become the most effective track and/or cross-country coach

• Practical information on how to enhance an athlete’s health, development, and well-being