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Bowerman's 10 Principles for Middle Distance Running

 My favorite picture of Bowerman, the bird lover. 

My favorite picture of Bowerman, the bird lover. 

In the book, The Bowerman System, which is a must read for any coach, especially the young coach, chapter 3 is titled "Bowerman's 10 Principles for Middle Distance Running."

Bowerman details the critical elements he considers when training middle distance runners. The chapter is prefaced with the following quote from him: 

Whatever I've done here at the University of Oregon is based on a few sound unchanging principles and on what I've learned from my coach, Bill Hayward, and what I've learned over the years from other coaches and the athletes. 

As you can tell by the quote, he had a growth mindset, was a continuous learner and a boundless curiosity. He wore many hats, had multidimensional interests and skills. Bowerman was the inspiration for the HPW Polymath membership option

I won't get into the details here, but take a look below at the list of his middle distance running principles. They are smart, prudent, useful and still applicable today.

Bowerman's 10 Principles for Middle Distance Running

  1. Regularity 
  2. Workload
  3. Goal Orientation
  4. Hard/Easy Training
  5. Moderation
  6. Rest
  7. Diet
  8. Enjoyment
  9. Mechanics
  10. Pace

 

Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm

Jonathan Marcus