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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (June 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736050914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736050913
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Excellent teaching tool for young runners and their coaches. A comprehensive guide that goes beyond the basics of how to develop a successful training plan.""

Gina Procaccio
Head women's track & field and cross country coach
Villanova University

""Anyone who has ever wondered when to begin, how much to do, and what types of activities should be part of a youth training program will find this to be an up-to-date, thoughtful, and effective guide.""

Don Kardong
Senior Writer, Runners World
Placed 4th in 1976 Olympic marathon

""This book covers every aspect of distance training for teenage runners. Filled with the latest science-based training advice, it certainly will help young runners achieve their performance goals.""

Paul Jorgensen
Head girls and boys cross country coach
Flathead High School (MT)

""Training for Young Distance Runners is a must read for all coaches. This book provides the reader with great scientific knowledge that is needed in creating your own coaching style.""

Beth Alford-Sullivan
Head women's track & field and cross country coach

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"Anyone who has ever wondered when to begin, how much to do, and what types of activities should be part of a youth training program will find this to be an up-to-date, thoughtful, and effective guide."

Don Kardong Senior Writer, Runner’s World Placed 4th in 1976 Olympic marathon

"Greene and Pate present impressive scientific information yet still manage to remember that running and working to improve are fun!"

Gwyn Coogan Member of 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, 10,000 meters Placed 4th in 1996 U.S. Olympic marathon trials

"I love this book! Greene and Pate have done an outstanding job of providing the building blocks for a long and successful running career. It's a must for coaches and runners alike."

David C. Houle Head Track and Cross-Country Coach Mountain View High School

"This is the most comprehensive treatment of training essentials for high school runners we have ever read. We highly recommend it."

Art and Linda Kranick Varsity Track and Cross-Country Coaches Sarasota Springs High School and Kinetic Running Club --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Great book, for coaches who are training young distance runners.
W. Rae
If/when the time comes for me to be in a position again to coach young runners, I will use this book as a constant resource.
W. Sparrow
I found the discussion on boosting willpower and motivation to be particularly helpful.
Grady Cash

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am a Cross Country Coach for Lakeshore Middle School in Stevensville, MI and am building a program. I found the "Training for Young Distance Runners" book to be very helpful. I have found the section on Psychology right on target. I have a son that runs High School Cross Country who runs year around and after a successful summer road racing season started the Cross Country Season doing very poorly. Using the Psychology section helped me get him back on track. The Nutrition section has also been helpful for some of my runners. I give the book a two thumbs up.
kandssteve@qtm.net Steve Nielsen
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1998
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I liked how this booked emphasized how important mental training should be integrated into a good, solid training prog. The scientific aspect is easy to understand though not nearly as thorough or complex as Martin and Coe's book. The training is very conservative, but the strength training advice was very helpful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Lisson on September 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a former high school cross country runner, the book Training for Young Distance Runner seemed to do a great job of providing a comprehensive overview of the skills needed to coach high school cross country runners. Greene and Pate offer advice on nutrition, running physiology, psychology and biomechanics for high school athletes. They book also covers training methods that improve the flexibility, mobility, and running technique as well as the proper amount of recovery time after hard workouts and competition.

As an adult runner, I only race once per month, but I remember racing several times per month in my high school days. This book will provide insight into running for high school runners, but adult runners can also benefit from the advice on creating a proper training microcycle and mesocycle. I loved the author's post-workout questions for cross country runners on page 171:

How are your legs feeling after an interval workout?
How is your breathing (during the workout)?
How did your technique feel on that last stride?
Did you like that workout?

These questions are valuable for me, because I tend to want to overtrain and overachieve in anything I set my mind to. Asking myself the right questions and listening to my body will help me prevent running injuries and keep my motivation to keep on training.

This book would also be valuable for parents of cross country runners, and a good reference for high school runners themselves. The book addresses running mesocycles and the impact of running on a child going through adolescence.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Cash on May 2, 2012
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A friend asked me if I would coach her 8th grade son over the summer to help him prepare for cross country. I've been a runner for over 30 years and I have a coach, but I've never coached anyone else.

I bought this book hoping it would give me to some insight into training a young runner and I was not disappointed. I have read lots of books on running and this book has many insights for young runners that I haven't seen elsewhere. I found the discussion on boosting willpower and motivation to be particularly helpful. It has lots of pictures to illustrate drills and proper form. It also includes to helpful worksheets.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Steiner on September 30, 2008
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Excellent book. Well written, and in the right vein for kids. Too many coaches today push these kids to the point of making them drop out of running. And worse, they ruin that kid for what could be a fun and rewarding activity into their adult lives.

This book covers in systematic order the pros of training and setting up a four-pronged approach to training and the cons of over training. I especially appreciated the coach examples of the schools that were included. The pictures are a good reference for all the stretch activities.

This is a must book for a coach who is working with this age group. They hit it right on the head and if you follow the guidance in the book, you'll turn out winners and lifetime runners - who have FUN!

Coach John
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Runs Alot on June 17, 2009
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The book is very good but the title is a bit misleading as it is geared towards age 12 and up and not towards young runners 7-11 year olds. I do recommend none the less.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Sparrow on January 12, 2011
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'Training For Young Distance Runners' is the best book I've come across for anyone interested in coaching young runners. In fact, I wish a lot more coaches would read this book, because it covers more than just training the physical, but also talks about running technique, basic physiology, adaptations to training, different racing strategies and the importance of motivation. Overall the training philosophy is sound, as it breaks training down into different phases. It covered the technical aspects of running without getting too technical, touches on specific components of running and training, and also steps back and looks at the bigger picture in regards to planning ahead and assessing results.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If/when the time comes for me to be in a position again to coach young runners, I will use this book as a constant resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dani on October 7, 2009
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I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get anything out of this book when I purchased it. It turns out it is filled with very practical information that the cross country team at my school can benefit from this fall. It was a wise purchase.
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