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Three Critical Qualities of Distance Running Success | Boddicker Performance

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Three Critical Qualities of Distance Running Success

by on Sep 16th, 2010

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I am always thinking of ways to communicate the values of a complete, well rounded program for distance runners that includes more than just running out the door and static stretching after your finished running.  The addition of foam rollers, tennis and lacrosse balls to the runner’s pack has come a long way in helping them succeed and I am slowly seeing the tides shift to runners being more accepting of ancillary training modes to complement the other 90% of their training on the roads, tracks, and trails.  In my current thought process there are three critical qualities that an effective program must develop.  How you develop them is far less important than if they actually get developed.  These qualities are:

1.  The ability to resist injury, illness, or any prolonged, unplanned break in training.

2.  The ability to overcome gravity powerfully

3.  The ability to efficiently and repeatedly overcome gravity across the entire race distance.

What else am I missing?


Carson Boddicker

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  • Allan P. September 17, 2010

    Good concise list. If we take care of number 1, so much of everything else falls into place.

    Nice to see the winds of change blowing…..
    Old runners’ self care toolkit: Frozen ice massage cups, PAT straps, nighttime splits/boots, and Strassburg socks.
    New runners’ self care toolkit: foam roller, Stick, tennis balls

    If we’re talking younger folks, I would just add to the list “the development of an intrinsic joy for training and racing.” There’s strong correlation between NOT following your number 1 above (resisting injury/illness) and a mindset where kids are running “just for the scholarship” or for the perk of registering early for next semester’s class. I guess if my coach treated every workout like a war and I lived in a constant state of injury and/or fatigue, I’d feel the same way! Even if you don’t get injured and/or sick, walking too close to that fine line takes a mental toll. No wonder guys/gals are clamoring to pack it in at the end of senior year after only 4-8 years of training before their prime competitive years in their mid to late 20s.

  • Rune Brix September 21, 2010

    4. Social and psykological kompentence to define and reach your goals

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