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2023 RunBlogRun Fall Cross Country Training & Racing Program, Week 3, day 1, Monday is an easy day…

Larry Eder

This is Monday, September 25, 2023.

This is an easy day or a recovery day.

I learned this from the late Arthur Lydiard, who drilled into me the need for easy days. I would break up my runs on easy days into two very relaxed runs. The 1968 Olympic US marathoner Ron Daws, a Lydriard apostle, was my savior. I read his Self-Made Olympian (1972-RW Publications) and memorized his training plans.

As you begin to race now, your easy days are at a faster pace than in mid-summer, so stay aware and keep it mellow. I recall early summer at a 7-minute pace and late summer and fall 6 minutes on the long runs, which was moderate.

Keep it easy today! We will have a good workout tomorrow.

Your workout today: Warm-up, 45-55 minutes easy 6x150m stride-outs, cooldown

P.S. When Joe Mangan and I  coached at Foothill College, our decathlete was number 5 in cross country! Cross-country helps everyone!

  • Larry Eder has had a 51-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America’s first…

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