The Long and Short of It
Distance running can be broken down into middle distance events, otherwise known as “the long sprint”, and long distance events. While there can be some overlap in training with some of the shorter middle distance events, typically the type of runner that excels in distance running is not the same type of runner who excels in sprinting. Many differences between the two type of runners can be explained through physical differences (aerobic capacity, muscle size, etc.), but one should not overlook the difference in running techniques. Our coach has been involved with the club for decades and many of our athletes have gone on to win scholarships.
Lifestyle of a Distance Runner
At St. Albert Mustangs Track we like to relate track and field training back to lifestyle. In distance running we are taught about speed endurance and daily routines of running miles every morning. Endurance means to endure and carry through. In life we also need to have endurance to carry through tough times, long school projects, relationships, and hard days at work. Endurance is a fundamental part of life, and if learned through track and field, it will carry on throughout the principles of daily life.
Typical Middle Distance Events: 400m, 800m, 1000m, 1500m
Typical Long Distance Events: 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m+