What I recommend is a slow gentle warm up with exercises to loosen the joints before warming up the muscles. This includes things like shoulder circles backwards leg swings in all directions and all planes. Backward rolls to open the hip joint forward deadlift with no weight forward kicks and backward kicks walking for 20m then stair running for up to 5 seconds up several steps to warm up the ankles and arms. Forward and reverse shot or medicine ball throws for stomach and back muscles. Then speed reaction drills to warm up the nervous system to respond quickly like lying siting or kneeing down to run over 15m distances.
I think relaxed fast short runs are adequate to run out your legs over 30 to 80m dependant on the distance of the race you have to run in competition. Increasing runs are usually good e. g.
.80% for 30m 90% for 30m
For splitting the run into 3 parts and increase the intensity from 80 to 90 to 100%
Changing the tempo gives you time to think about your technique in the last session especially if you have a weak point like low hips or rotating your upper body too much, swinging your arms to wide or rising too soon; these slower phases give you time to think to relax to improve on the weak points.
90% is 10% easier perhaps the few percent you need to help give you more focus on the day when there is so many little things to remember even before you leave the blocks.
Getting into the blocks is an art in itself which can take years to master getting up from a low crouch to press on a block at the right angel to hit top speed in the shortest distance and hold that speed for the longest time.
Whew I am exhausted. I can’t wait to get on the aeroplane to make the final preparations on arrival at the destination for this year’s World Indoors in Daegu outside Seoul in South Korea. Will try to keep you all posted as the time difference is 9 hours
Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. I will try and keep you up to date on all my future Events, plus results from students competitions and training progress.