Courses & Resources

Athletics: How to become a champion (Classic Revival) (Volume 1)

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015

This is the long-awaited reprint of the highly-acclaimed book ‘Athletics: How to become a champion’ by Percy Cerutty, world renowned coach to Australia’s greatest athlete, Herb Elliott, winner of the 1500m at the Rome Olympics in 1960. First published in 1960, this book, a classic in its time, has been out of print for 50 years. The books is full of details and ideas for optimum athletic training with specific advice for various distance and field events within the track and field discipline. This book garnered much praise when it was first published. Today’s athlete and coach has much to learn from the wisdom of this outspoken and at time controversial figure. Cerutty describes the training regime at his Portsea, Victoria, athletics camp. The book includes historic images of a young Herb Elliott training under the master coach. Republished with permission from the family of the late coach, this book will inspire and encourage today’s young athlete who dreams of Olympic triumph, just as Herb Elliott did in...

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The Thinking Runner

Mental Skills for Young Runners (Introduction)

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014

The Growing Runner’s Approach to Mental Training Introducing a mental training variation on GR’s “PR Pyramid” … If you listen to top distance runners describe that ONE THING made the biggest difference in their personal performance breakthrough, chances are pretty good that you won’t hear about a particular workout.  But I bet you’ll almost always hear about something “new” that they discovered inside themselves just waiting to come out — something that allowed or maybe forced them to CHANGE their psychological approach to training or racing.  Certainly most young distance runners already know that having the PROPER  MINDSET and a  POSITIVE  ATTITUDE are important to improving their racing performance.  But in my experience, very very few of them (or their parents or coaches for that matter) actually know exactly how to develop the right mental skills.  The first step – the first tool – we recommend and use is one that guides young runners through a short, self-assessment. GRTC’s model is based on a questionnaire developed by Dr. Jack Lesyk of the Ohio Center for Sports Psychology after years of testing and research. The questions are intended...

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Training for Growing Runners

Distance runners, are you really ready?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014

Running is more than just workouts that train the physical body. To reach your highest potential, you must also engage and train the mind and spirit as well. That’s what Coach Mearns Growing Runners program and the GRTC are all about – getting you ready to train properly, to compete well in high school or club meets, and to make solid, predictable progress toward your goal of becoming the best long distance runner you can be. For more information on Coach Mearns, the next Growing Runners course offerings and resources, and on whether you qualify to be part of the Growing Runners Track Club, please click on the links here, or contact us directly by email at...

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My Daily Run

Winning Running: Successful 800m & 1500m Racing and Training

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015

Sustained success over years at the top of international competition does not come easily in track athletics, and some distances in particular demand higher commitment and total body fitness of the athlete. This is just one of the many aspects assessed in this informative and important new book by Peter Coe, the coach behind his son’s success in nine World Records and three World Bests. The 800 and 1500m events are analyzed in detail to provide an understanding of what is required to race and win. All vital components of event training are included from fitness testing, mental conditioning, and multi-pace training to post-event analysis. For anyone involved in coaching middle distance running, this book will help separate the winners from the losers and develop the conditions for successful...

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