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Danny John
02-03-2007, 03:26 PM
Percy Cerutty Training

The information here is straight from Training with Cerutty: Revolutionary Track and Field Techniques by Larry Myers. The training excerpt below comes from the Mile and 1500 Meters chapter on pages 92-105.

Herb Elliot's training during the Conditioning Period:

Monday: morning - seven miles, varied pace.
afternoon - circuit running (long cross-country intervals)
evening - easy five miles.

Tuesday: morning - five miles, varied pace.
afternoon - repeat hill training
evening - weight training

Wednesday: morning - seven miles.
afternoon - six miles, varied running and sprinting

Thursday: morning - seven miles, varied pace.
afternoon - fifteen miles.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: morning - five miles, varied pace.
afternoon - weight training
evening - five miles, varied running and sprinting.

Sunday: morning - six miles;
afternoon - intervals, golf course.

Much of Cerutty's training emphasized a holistic approach towards training. One particular note he made along these lines counters modern training theories that favor even-paced racing.

On page 103 of Training with Cerutty: Revolutionary Track and Field Techniques Myers writes:

"An even pace is not the most economical," Percy said. "This is a misconception. Energy isn't steady. It comes and goes in bursts, and the runner should go with it when it comes. The zombie-like, steady movements of most middle-distance runners completely ignores this natural process. The runner has to take full advantage of hte natural flow of energy."

Cerutty also noted that three major phases should be developed:

1) Conditioning Period (6 months)
2) Practice Period (3 months)
3) Competition Period (3 months)

These phases were not strict, Lydiard-style transitions, but rather movements from one emphasis to another. Overall, the transition was natural in progression.

Ron Nelson
02-03-2007, 03:59 PM
Great stuff! Thanks, Dan.

I'll save this and adapt most of it for my kids. Our season is very short (6 weeks), but there are 4 meets within that time. This will definitely help.