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    Older Beginner and have no idea where to start

    Hi guys,

    I'm 26 years old and looking to start training for the 100 meter dash. I want to be ready to compete in races by this time next year. Last time I timed myself in the 100 meter dash I clocked in at 16.2 seconds. Obviously, I'm not that fast but I still want to train for the 100 meter dash to see how good I can get. I looked online for coaches and they are pretty expensive... I can only afford to go to a coach once every two weeks at most. When I was in high school people made comments about how I ran. On one occasion a person said that I had "lazy feet"... And on another ocassion someone said that I run like the people on Scooby Doo. I still don't know what they meant by that... Have any of you guys heard those expressions before and can you guess what they meant?

    I don't know where to start guys. Does anybody know of a 100 meter dash program I can follow? Please don't recommend me books with all the technical terminology where I have to try to decipher different things and make my own program because I won't be able to do it. I'm not that bright. Also do you think going to a coach is worth it even if I can only see him once every two weeks? If so, how should I use the coach? I want to be the best that I can be... help me get there!

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    Re: Older Beginner and have no idea where to start

    What kind of training background do you have? Any previous sports? Could you post a video of yourself running?

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    Re: Older Beginner and have no idea where to start

    Quote Originally Posted by dadmonson View Post
    Hi guys,

    I'm 26 years old and looking to start training for the 100 meter dash. I want to be ready to compete in races by this time next year. Last time I timed myself in the 100 meter dash I clocked in at 16.2 seconds. Obviously, I'm not that fast but I still want to train for the 100 meter dash to see how good I can get. I looked online for coaches and they are pretty expensive... I can only afford to go to a coach once every two weeks at most. When I was in high school people made comments about how I ran. On one occasion a person said that I had "lazy feet"... And on another ocassion someone said that I run like the people on Scooby Doo. I still don't know what they meant by that... Have any of you guys heard those expressions before and can you guess what they meant?

    I don't know where to start guys. Does anybody know of a 100 meter dash program I can follow? Please don't recommend me books with all the technical terminology where I have to try to decipher different things and make my own program because I won't be able to do it. I'm not that bright. Also do you think going to a coach is worth it even if I can only see him once every two weeks? If so, how should I use the coach? I want to be the best that I can be... help me get there!

    Your question is very general, have you been doing any training lately ? how are your fitness levels?

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    Re: Older Beginner and have no idea where to start

    I'm in the same boat as dadmonson. Except I'm 35 and have never sprinted competitively. I played basketball, football and baseball from youth through high school, but never trained in track. I just like the idea of sprinting faster. I'm currently a fitness coach and want to incorporate some sprinting drills into my semi-personal sessions. Maybe I should work on my GPP ( I think I have that terminology correct).

    Starting from scratch here, and any help would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booker View Post
    I'm in the same boat as dadmonson. Except I'm 35 and have never sprinted competitively. I played basketball, football and baseball from youth through high school, but never trained in track. I just like the idea of sprinting faster. I'm currently a fitness coach and want to incorporate some sprinting drills into my semi-personal sessions. Maybe I should work on my GPP ( I think I have that terminology correct).

    Starting from scratch here, and any help would be appreciated.
    One of my distance coaching clients is similar to you. A full time professional with some athletic background but not in T&F. I put him on a 2 high/2 low day a week L-S to program and he tolerated it very well. We got through a GPP and SPP 1 (heavily based off of Charlie's work) at which point he was invited to compete for a football club (soccer) so we then switched gears and that's what he prepares for now.

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    why not try doing some tempo work on grass. 10x100 with walk back recovery. the reason why im saying this is because its low impact, risk of pulling something is minimal and your learning how to run while staying relaxed. thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-Man View Post
    why not try doing some tempo work on grass. 10x100 with walk back recovery. the reason why im saying this is because its low impact, risk of pulling something is minimal and your learning how to run while staying relaxed. thoughts?
    I'm nearly always more inclined to suggest drills, hill work, sled work, or isorobic/exergenie sprints over tempo for his purposes as all of them exceed tempo with respect to transference/teaching/learning (indirect or direct). As one example, the running A is very useful in a L-S or S-L scheme in that, similar to special endurance, when you perform the running A for +50m the relaxation component is built in because the body seeks efficiency for the duration of the task and the muscles exercised via that movement (when performed properly) serve to improve both the awareness of arm action, knees through, stepping down as well as the anatomical support structures for sprinting.

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    Re: Older Beginner and have no idea where to start

    Quote Originally Posted by Booker View Post
    I'm in the same boat as dadmonson. Except I'm 35 and have never sprinted competitively. I played basketball, football and baseball from youth through high school, but never trained in track. I just like the idea of sprinting faster. I'm currently a fitness coach and want to incorporate some sprinting drills into my semi-personal sessions. Maybe I should work on my GPP ( I think I have that terminology correct).

    Starting from scratch here, and any help would be appreciated.
    In addition to what everyone else has suggested, taking a look at the advanced technical model as outlined by Seagrave and Mann provide sound basis for effective drilling.

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    Re: Older Beginner and have no idea where to start

    Quote Originally Posted by Booker View Post
    I'm in the same boat as dadmonson. Except I'm 35 and have never sprinted competitively. I played basketball, football and baseball from youth through high school, but never trained in track. I just like the idea of sprinting faster. I'm currently a fitness coach and want to incorporate some sprinting drills into my semi-personal sessions. Maybe I should work on my GPP ( I think I have that terminology correct).

    Starting from scratch here, and any help would be appreciated.

    Hello Booker,

    Have you read any of books on sprinting? Speed Trap is one book sold here and on Amazon and it's a very easy read and not a large financial obligation if you wish to begin any type of sprinting. While the story is told from the perspective a specific incident at the Olympics in 1988 in Seoul, it's also the story about the life of a world class sprinter , how he developed, the mistatkes he made and it's also a story about building a track club from nothing with athletes who had never run track and many of the participants became nationally ranked and world leaders in the sprints. The ideas and principles are all outlined and it's not complicated or confusing.

    You have a great deal of experience but now you need some specific experience running fast, doing drills and adapting to an individual sport.

    Are you planning on using this information for work or for you personally or both?

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    Re: Older Beginner and have no idea where to start

    honestly im kind of in the same situation as the original poster. now ive run track for years but quit for 8years + but slowly getting back into it. im doing tempo 2-3 times a week just to start back easy. its low impact, teaching me how to relax when I run and great for my fitness. I spend 30mins warming up as per ange stated in her blog weeks ago.

    at this moment in time im preparing for GPP. hills will be on the agenda but im taking my time and want to be ready for GPP. I would seriously advice dadmonson to read wha im saying. no point in doing hills if your not ready. hills alone are tough and carry risk if not prepared and also sprinting alone carries its risks if not prepared. start slow and risk free rather than going head on and risking hurting yourselve.

    this is only my personal opinion but please take it on board, stay injury free and have fun!
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