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If you attend the USATF Olympic Trials, they hold a fantastic SuperClinic series on the “rest
day break” every year since 1992. The 2012 SuperClinic will be on Tuesday 26 June at the Boulevard Grill on the south end of Franklin, 5 blocks from Hayward Field.
The 2008 SuperClinic featured Dwayne Miller, where he presented LaShawn Merritt’s Training program. You can download the PDF of his Annual Plan labeled “from Prep to Pro” directly from the USATF website here (PDF).
At the first glance, you’ll notice his training philosophy is definitely a long to short approach, with an emphasis on aerobic capacity similar to Clyde Hart, and to some degree, Bud Winter.
Miller is also blessed with an athlete like LaShawn who has good 200 meter speed. In fact, Michael Johnson and LaShawn are the only 2 athletes who have Personal Bests of sub 20 200m and sub 44 400m. (19.98 & 43.75)
You can even argue the rain delay and wet track of the 2009 Berlin World Championships prevented LaShawn from running faster.
Like Hart, Miller’s approach to speed work is similar to Clyde Hart where he finds “too much too early” will injure an athlete.
Podcast of Dwayne Miller
For a free audio podcast of Dwayne Miller, visit the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre and go to their multimedia section, or you can use the player below.
I like the way Dwayne Miller describes himself with 3 hats:
- Track Coach
- Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Nutritional Advisor
This is my philosophy as well, but I also wear another hat:
- Recovery and Regeneration advisor
You better have a good support staff of physios and massage therapists. Even sport psychologists!
I personally find a 1 hour long run in the fall excessive for a 400 meter runner, but if it works for him, great. Even Bud Winter had his sprinters build up to a 10 mile run in September. Lee Evans ran cross country, but that’s another story. There is a lot of over distance work going late into the season. If you read Training for the 400 meters: A Retrospect, you’ll understand why the 400 meters is a fine balance between speed and speed endurance. You are constantly working both ends of the scale.
Listen to the Podcast for an insightful look at another great coach.
For more information, see Dwayne Miller: World Class 400M Dash (DVD)
Presenter: Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre with Dwayne Miller
Broadcast Date: 2009
File Size: 27.7 Mb