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Training young distance runners

Because the best-selling consultant within the game, education younger Distance Runners has helped numerous runners in attaining their most sensible instances, steer clear of accidents, and increase their functionality steadily from season to season. up-to-date, extended, and more suitable, this new version extra solidifies its status as essential for athletes and coaches in move nation, song and box, and highway racing.

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Let’s review the main points: • Carbohydrate is a key source of energy for ATP production in 800- to 5,000meter events. • The body’s carbohydrate stores—blood glucose and liver and muscle glycogen—are very limited, especially in less mature youth. • Muscle glycogen stores can decrease over several days of intense training if they are not replaced through carbohydrate-rich foods. Given that carbohydrate plays a key role in providing energy for 800- to 5,000meter races, it’s no surprise that sport nutritionists advise middle- and longdistance runners to eat a high-carbohydrate diet.

This advice was introduced in chapter 1, where we detailed key pubertal changes. Recall, for example, that during puberty boys tend to add muscle, whereas girls tend to add fat. The addition of normal amounts of muscle and fat during puberty should not negatively influence running performance. On the other hand, kids who add disproportionately large amounts of muscle or fat mass may experience temporary or long-term declines in performance. With awareness of these physiological facts, you can provide rational as well as emotional support when your child is going through changes that affect performance.

The main consequence of relying too heavily on anaerobic energy early in a race is lactic acid accumulation, which causes fatigue. Chapter 6 addresses how to warm up properly for training and racing. Coach Jeff Messer, PhD Jeff Messer (second from right in bottom row in photo) is uniquely qualified to apply running physiology to the design of training programs for young endurance athletes. He has a PhD in exercise physiology and teaches the subject at Mesa Community College, where he serves as director of the Human Performance Laboratory.

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