Some of the biggest names in track and field were on hand in Vancouver, Canada at The Canadian Endurance Conference. With the likes of James Li, Alberto Salazar, Margo Jennings, and Dave Scott-Thomas, this conference was a superb way for coaches and athletes in Canada to learn from the best. We asked some of Canada’s best athletes and coaches (Guy Schultz, Malindi Elmore, and Marilyn Arsenault) to share a few lessons learned from the past weekend.
Malindi Elmore, who has represented Canada on the world stage numerous times and now operates The Canadian Runner Clinics shared 5 lessons she learned over the weekend from an athletes viewpoint on her blog. She mentioned that “the most important outcome of the weekend was the energy and excitement I gained from hearing the speakers present and chatting with other coaches and athletes. In fact, I was so pumped up last night about how hard I am going to train and how fast I am going to run this year that I could hardly sleep!”
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Guy Schultz, who was a stand-out at The University of Alabama and a member of Team Canada numerous times wrote that he was “amazed at the resources these coaches have access to”. Schultz is now the Associate Head Coach at The University of Western Ontario. We asked him to share the top 5 things he learned while in Vancouver from a coaching standpoint.
#1: It’s important to effectively manage all aspects of the athlete’s performance (i.e. training, competition, nutrition, psychology, and lifestyle).
#2: A program should incorporate all aspects of training and workout principles (i.e. intervals, speed work , tempo runs, recovery/easy runs, long runs, fartlek and hill repeats)
#3: It’s important to create a program that works for each individual. Our athletes are all at different ages, levels, and abilities, and with different goals.
#4: Coaching is about Teaching, Motivating, and Learning.
#5: The future of Canadian distance running, from a coaching standpoint, appears to be in good hands. Most Canadian coaches are as hungry to learn.
Marilyn Arsenault is a phenomenal athlete who shares her trials and tribulations via her blog and a one of a kind form coach via Mindful Strides Clinics. We asked Marilyn to share her top 3 lessons learned from a coach/form coach perspective. Please take a moment to check out Marilyn’s blog and Mindful Strides website. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.
All the videos from the conference will be posted here.