HOKA ONE ONE Endurance Crossroads Clinic, What you missed, why you should be there in 2016, by Larry Eder

One has to admit, that two days before traveling halfway around the world, in this case, Beijing, China, there are many things to do. 

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Leo Manzano, June 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

On Friday, August 14, I finished my six mile wak with my son, Adam, and dog, Hachi, with a phone call from one of my spiritual leaders: Peanut Harms. For the record, my spiritual leaders include Jan Johnson, Pole Vault icon, John Powell, discuss icon, and Peanut Dwayne Harms, just icon, brother from another, and distance dude. 

Nut's idea was the HOKA ONE ONE Endurance Crossroads Clinic. In a week where more crap was thrown at our sport than in any week in modern recollection, it was important for me to be with coaches I admire, friends I had not seen, and wonderful speakers talking about how to better steer the 500,000 high school boys and girls who will run cross country in the fall of 2015. 

I will be posting audio tapes from Bob Larsen, Pat Shane and Ben Rosario over the next week! 

When I get fed up with reading about bad stuff on our sport, I close my eyes, and think of running with  the late Jim Marheinecke, my late sophomore coach, or playing basketball with freshman coach Ralph Passarelli, or junior coach, Steve Pensinger. I had great coaches, and my last, Dan Durante, changed my life. I am grateful to them, and to my mentor, Terry Ward, who showed me how much fun coaching was and is. 

HOKA ONE ONE Crossroads Endurance Clinic

August 15, 2015

The first clinic that combined cross country and ultra distance clinics was sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE, Drymax socks, Coaches Choice videos and the Running Wearhouse. It was held at Sacramento City College on August 15, 2015. 

RunBlogRun will post audio tapes (sound cloud) on RunBlogRun.com in the upcoming week on the four clinics noted below! 

1. Bob Larsen on Improving the Threshold and Running Efficiency of Runners at All Levels

2. Pat Shane, Twelve Things You Need to do as a XC/Distance Coach 

3. Ben Rosario, The Anatomy of a Championship

4. Peter Brewer, Randall Fee, Bill Gregg, Peanut Harms, Panel Discussion on early season training with question and answer session.

Notes on cross country clinic: https://www.pausatf.org/coaches/endurance-cross-roads-clinic

Here is what I learnt today:

From Bob Larsen:

One of the most thoughtful coaches in our sport, Bob learnt, from high school coaching days through Grossmont JC through UCLA, that threshold workouts are a great tool in developing athletes. Bob noted that using base training and threshold work, namely 4 milers at 30 second below race pace, one could improve, build strength and race well, leaving interval and repetition work until later in the season. His work with Meb Keflezighi over 21 years attests to his ability to continue a creative approach to coaching distance runners. 


From Pat Shane:

The long time women's coach at BYU, Pat Shane provided an overview to coaching XC and Distance athletes. Pat sees the coaching profession as a builder of qualities that allow people to thrive in the modern world. His 12 Things a Coach should know is very helpful. Shane proves once again that character, trust and creativity are key in all endeavors, especially in coaching. 


From Ben Rosario: 

Ben Rosario is an example of what is good and wondrous about our sport. A runner who had a great role model, like Shane and Larsen, Rosario has thrived through challenges. Now, coach at Northern Arizona Elite, Ben has, as the late Timothy Leary wrote, "created his own reality." A reality that we all can share in, and thrive under! 


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