This course distills the essence of lessons from legendary coaches (Cerutty, Bowerman, Giegengack, Igloi, Dellinger, Coe, Salazar & Centrowitz) into a three-part “Matrix” approach. The GR Matrix System is based on 12 principles that serious young distance runners (with the support and help of their coaches and parents) can incorporate into their programs and their practice sessions right away … no matter where they live, train and compete.
When most runners talk about their “PRs” they’re usually just talking about their personal best times. But “PR” can also mean personal improvement, transformation, or achievement of leadership goals of any kind … in other words simply becoming better. Of course, serious runners and coaches already know that PRs come from practice, from training over time. But champions know that practice sessions are just part of programs or systems built on solid training principles. Underneath principles, of course, is the will or desire on the young runner’s part (parents and coaches too) to go faster, to tap into their true potential, to improve … and to grow!
In 5 short practical lessons, Coach Mearns presents and explains GR’s 4 “core” principles, 4 “training” principles, and 4 “transformational” principles, and then shows you exactly how to apply the principles, adopt proper attitudes and integrate practice tips, tools and training templates into your program to produce results! After all, practice sessions in programs built on solid principles produce both racing PR’s and more confident, focused, and mature young men and women.
Distance runner, attorney and educator, Coach Mearns competed for Yale University and NYAC before coaching NCAA powerhouse programs at Kentucky and Virginia, and then managing the careers of many distance running and Olympic legends. For the past 20 years, Coach Mearns has focused on developing serious high school runners (some of the country’s very best), and his Growing Runners programs have already produced six high school national champions, dozens of HS and club All-Americans, state champions and record holders. Named USOC’s 2016 Developmental Coach of the Year, Mearns continues to develop young runners and to share his experience, connections and resources with their parents and coaches throughout the country.