Last Updated on March 7, 2011 by Jimson Lee
When Jeremy Wariner or Michael Johnson does a 2 x 350 meter workout, those times are well under 40 seconds. That doesn’t mean YOU should do a 2 x 350 meter workout.
The purpose of this workout is for “speed endurance”, or to be exact, special endurance.
The ultimate goal of the workout is to reach near top speed, relax, and maintain it as long as possible. A full recovery, anywhere from 20-30 minutes is required between the 2 runs.
The numbers below are approximate and derived by subtracting 1 second for acceleration out of the blocks from a desired 400 meter time. The “pace” is used to determine your splits for the set distances.
I use pre-defined hash marks so I know exactly the distance covered. No second guessing, or you’ll see a lot of upset hurdlers!
- The 255 meter mark = 7th hurdle hash mark
- The 290 meter mark = 8th hurdle hash mark
- The 325 meter mark = 9th hurdle hash mark
For example, if I wanted to break 50 seconds for the 400 meters, I would run 255 meters (to the 7th hurdle) in 31.2 seconds or slightly faster with a running start from 10 meter run-in. Once I am able to sustain this pace of 8.16 meters per second for the distance, I move up to the next goal of 290 meters in 35.5 seconds the following week. The next 2 milestones are 300 meters in 36.8 seconds, and 325 meters in 39.8 seconds.
If I do not hit the target time, I stay at that distance until I achieve it.
Once I can do 2 sets of 325 meters in sub 40 seconds, I know I am ready to run a sub 50 second 400 meter (including other factors such as a good start out of the blocks, wind conditions, weather, etc.)
Depending on the time of the season, you are either doing 2 speed workouts and 1 speed endurance per week; or 2 speed endurance and one speed workout per week.
As you can see from the chart below, a slower athlete, whether it is a Masters, Youth, or Female athlete, doesn’t need to go past 300 meters to have an effective workout. The ultimate goal is slightly under 40 seconds.
Sure, I’d love to run like Jeremy Wariner or Michael Johnson, but that doesn’t mean copying their workouts. But it does mean copying their principles!
As Clyde Hart once said from the 2007 USATF Conference, “everyone steals ideas from everybody”.
Nice! Always keeping our brains near the burning point.
Due to my own experience adjust the intensity of each sprint interval according to your individual ability. You should be out of breath after each sprint interval, but you should recover quickly enough to begin the next assigned sprint.
What I have read is that Clyde Hart’s 2×300/350 work out is definitely at sub-max 400 pace (passing 200 at only 28″ and only a 5 min pause.
A great Coach K. Matsueda, once told me, ” I give you a seed”. I give you ideas…
and what, how, you use them is up to you. We all as Coaches or athlete take and use from one another. A athletic ablility, proper nutrition, rest, and mental prep, these are to name a few things. Train hard be smart.
Calvin Golson says
thanks for the spreadsheet. I am looking for workouts for youth 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m. My daughter is 8yrs old and ranned a 32 in the 200 at the jr olympics this year, and a 15.25 in the 100m. My son is 10yrs old and he won the 800m at 2:29, took the bronze in the 400m in 1:01 and anchored his 4×100 relay to win gold by running down the 100m champ in his age group. I don’t know everything and I’m always willing to learn. Please help.
Ted Johnson says
how far out from a championship meet would you do this or a 1x325m workout at race pace. Or phrased in a different way – what’s the closest to a championship meet you’d do this.