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New Balance Men's MXC5000 Cross Country Spikes Shoe

Best Cross Country Spikes Fall 2017

Cross country spikes are fairly different from track spikes, and not every runner on the cross country team will need to buy spikes for the upcoming season.

Cross country spikes are lighter than regular shoes but heavier than most track spikes because the cross country shoes have more support on the heel so the runner doesn’t run on the balls of their feet for the whole race. Most track spikes on the other hand have little heel support and force you to run on the balls of your feet.

Depending on the course, the spikes can help you take off 10-30 seconds off of your best time.

If the course is muddy or hilly the spikes will help more, but if part of the course is on the pavement then your time won’t improve much.

Best XC Spikes for Men

NameImagePrice
New Balance MXC5000New Balance Men's MXC5000 Cross Country Spikes Shoe$$$
New Balance MXC900New Balance Men's MXC900 Cross Country Spikes Shoe$$
Saucony Kilkenny XC5Saucony Men's Kilkenny XC5 Spike Cross Country Spike Shoe$

The MXC5000 spikes are your best option if you’re serious about cross country. They’re incredibly comfortable and they can go through a whole season of cross country without showing any wear and tear. They fit true to size so there is no need to order a size larger or smaller.

The MXC900 shoes are the less expensive cousin of the MXC5000. They fit well and are also very comfortable, but you will have to buy new ones after the season is over. They also fit true to size.

The Kilkenny spikes are the cheapest option out of all of them. They’re fairly comfortable and good for running, but make sure to order a size or half a size larger than your true size or you will end up returning the shoes.

Bext XC Spikes for Women

NameImagePrice
New Balance Women's WXC900New Balance Women's WXC900 Cross Country Spike Shoe$$$
Saucony Women's Shay XC4Saucony Women's Shay XC4 Spike Cross Country Spike Shoe$$
Saucony Women's Killkenny XC5Saucony Women's Kilkenny XC5 Spike Cross Country Spike Shoe$

The New Balance WXC900 is the best pair of shoes for all female cross country runners. It fits your foot very well and they are one of the most comfortable running shoes currently in existence. Some people had complaints about the size being too small, but we had no problems with that.

The Shay XC4 spikes are very light and cool looking. This shoe always runs small so we recommend ordering a pair that is half a size or a full size larger.

The XC5 spikes are also very light and comfortable, but they also run half a size or a whole size small.

The End of Track Season and Summer Training

The end of the season is a bittersweet time for most runners.

You don’t get to see your friends after school, but you also don’t have to suffer through grueling workouts every day.

As much as you might want to relax, now is the perfect time to reflect on the previous season, plan your summer training, and figure out your goals for next year.

Reflect On Your Season

Hopefully you set goals at the beginning of your season, but you can still reflect on your performances even if you didn’t set any goals.

If your teams puts results in athletic.net see if your times improved from last year and if they improved throughout the season.

If not, ask your coach if he has your times from meets, and if he doesn’t you might just have to base it off of your memory.

Depending on the event you run the time improvements could be between .1 seconds to over a minute.

Plan Your Summer Training

We recommend you to take at least a week off to let your body recover from all of the hard workouts.

However, you should start working hard after that week, especially if you’re planning on running cross country in the fall, or if you want to break a school record or run at states next year.

Distance Summer Training

As a distance runner summer is the perfect time to increase your sprinting speed while slowly improving your endurance. We also recommend doing some weight training as most athletes don’t do enough of that.

Summer Plan:

Your first month you should focus on weight training and increasing your sprinting speed, and for the last 2 you should focus on longer distance running.

First month:

Monday: Form sprinting. ( 5*100 meters until your pulse is back to 110-120 bpm)

Tuesday: Lifting

3*5 explosive squats

3*8 Deadlifts

3*8 Pullups

3*8 Shoulder press

Wednesday: Max speed training (10*60 meters all out until your pulse is back to 110-120 bpm)

Thursday: Lifting

3*8 Bench Press

3*8 Bent Over Rows

3*8 Pullup Leg Lifts

1*8 Heavy Squats

Friday: Form Sprinting (5*140 meters until your pulse is back to 110-120 bpm. Learn to sprint on the curve)

Saturday: Run 2-3 miles at a constant fast pace. (You should try to do 6 minutes per mile, and if you can do 6 minutes per mile, increase the distance of your next run by 1 mile)

Sunday: Rest Day

For form sprinting days focus on one aspect of your form every week. (Arms, leg drive, leg turnover, stride length, etc…)

Second Month:

Week 1:

Monday: Long distance (4-5 miles)

Tuesday: Easy run (2-3 miles)

Wednesday: Short tempo run (2-3 miles)

Thursday: Easy run (2-3 miles)

Friday: Long tempo run. Keep the same pace for 3-4 miles (If you can go at 6 minutes per mile, increase the distance by a minute)

Saturday: Timed all-out mile

Sunday: Rest day.

Week 2:

Monday: 6-10*200 all out (Wait until your pulse is down to 120 bpm)

Tuesday: Easy run (2-3 miles)

Wednesday: Short tempo run (2-3 miles)

Thursday: Easy run (2-3 miles)

Friday: Long tempo run. Keep the same pace for 3-4 miles (If you can go at 6 minutes per mile, increase the distance by a minute)

Saturday: Timed all-out mile

Sunday: Rest day.

Sprints Summer Training

As a sprinter you can run only 3 times a week, but you also need to lift 3 times a week.

You should lift explosively and use heavy weights. Your running program should focus on improving acceleration, coordination, and max speed.

You can check out this page for detailed information about sprint workouts.

Figure Out Your Goals For Next Year

Whether you’re happy or unhappy with your performance this year, you can always set goals and try to do better next year.

We recommend setting a couple goals:

  • A Training Process Goal- A goal that’s related to the process of training. Ex: “I will run at least 3 days a week, and lift 3 days a week” or “I will run every day this summer”.
  • A Time Goal- This is the goal time that you want to run in your event next year. Go big! Don’t just decide to increase your time by a little bit, tell yourself that you want to get much faster and actually work towards it!
  • A Big Goal- This would be your ultimate season/high school career goal. This could be going to States, getting a track college scholarship, or maybe making varsity for the first time ever. Whatever it is, make it big!

Good luck with your upcoming season, and we hope that you reach your goals!

PUMA Men's Complete TFX Sprint 3 Track Shoe

Best 400 Meter Dash Spikes For 2017/2018

In high school if you run the 400m you could be a sprinter or a middle distance runner so you should get spikes based on what other events you run.

If you run sprints in addition to the 400, or you are in college, where the 400 is considered a sprint, then you should buy sprint spikes, and if you also run the 800 or higher then you should buy middle distance spikes.

The 400m Sprinter Spikes

NameImagePrice
ASICS SonicsprintAsics Sonicsprint 100m Spikes$$$
Saucony SpitfireSaucony Spitfire$$
Puma Complete TFX Sprint 3PUMA Men's Complete TFX Sprint 3 Track Shoe$

If you have the money then the Sonicsprints are your best option. They are light enough to perform well in the 100 or 200 meter dash, but they provide enough support to help you PR in the 400m.

The Spitfire shoes are your second best option. They’re a tad bit heavier than the Sonicsprints, and they don’t perform as well in the faster events, but they provide the perfect amount of support for a 400 meter runner.

The Pumas should only be bought if this is your first year running or if you don’t plan on spending a lot of time in your spikes. They are entry level spikes, and even though they’re not too uncomfortable, they are still nowhere near the level of the other two spikes shown here. (The frugal option)

The 400m Mid Distance Spikes

NameImagePrice
New Balance MMD800V3New Balance Men's MMD800V3 Middle Distance Running Shoe$$$
New Balance MMD500V3New Balance Men's MMD500V3 Middle Distance Spike Running Shoe$$
New Balance MLD5000New Balance Men's MLD5000 Spike Track Shoe$

Keep in mind you should only buy the middle distance spikes above if you also run the 800 meters or the mile. Otherwise you should buy the sprint spikes found above.

All of the shoes above are from New Balance which goes to show that they have very high quality spikes.

The MMD800s and the MMD500s have a very similar design, but the 500s are a bit heavier and their design is older. They both perform very well on the track, but the MMD800 is much more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

The MLD5000 is a frugal option for middle distance runners. They’re fairly light and have an eye-catching design, but they’re not very comfortable and they will break faster than the other 2 pairs.

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The Advantages of Rest Days and When to Take a Break from Running

When should you take a rest day, and when should you push through the pain?

It’s a question that many track coaches are constantly asked, but the problem is that it’s hard to determine when someone else should take a rest day. The decision to take a rest day should be made by you, because you are the only one that knows what feels right for your body, and what feels wrong for your body.

This is probably not the answer you want to hear, so I will give you a couple of tips about deciding whether you should take a rest day, or whether you just feeling lazy and don’t want to run.

One thing that you have to realize is that feeling sore is not an excuse for a rest day. Easy running actually helps your muscles recover and makes you feel less sore afterwards.

So when should you take a rest day?

If you have bad pain anywhere in your body that is not soreness related, or if you’re having bad stomach problems, are throwing up, or you have a burning sensation in your chest you should definitely take a rest day, or maybe even a rest week.

However, there are also cases where you might not be sure whether you should take a rest day or if you should run. Some examples might be feeling tired, having a runny nose, just not feeling right, having blisters, having a headache, or other possible small problems.

In many cases, my recommendation is this: try running for at least two or three minutes and usually you’ll realize that you don’t feel as bad as you thought you did. Many times you might start out feeling incredibly tired, but is you run more and more you’ll actually start feeling better and less tired.

Unless you’re incredibly sick, running with a runny nose is fine and it won’t hurt you in the long term.
If you have blisters, then they will take more than just a simple rest day to heal, so put a Band-Aid on the blisters and go out and run.

If you have a headache, that could be part of a serious problem, or it could be simply from stress, (running is great for stress-relief by the way). It can also be sign of dehydration, so if you pee is a very yellow color, you should drink more water and your headache might go away.

What Should You Do During Your Rest Day?

Okay, see you decided to take a rest day.

For many people, that might want to play video games, read books, or do something else in the time that you would be running, but in many cases the best thing to do is just take a nap or sleep.

This will make sure that you are ready to run the next day, and most high schoolers are already sleep deprived, so sleeping a little bit more will give you an advantage over your competitors.

You can also foam roll and stretch, but that should be something that you already do every day.

Sometimes, if you’re feeling really sick, you might want to consider taking a rest week instead of practicing, because you won’t improve much because your body will be focused on getting you healthy, and you might just make yourself more sick. It’s easier to come back and make up the workouts that you missed, rather than running for two, three, or four weeks while being partially sick and not improving.

hydrating as an athlete

How to Deal With Being Sick During the Track Season

Everyone hopes for a perfect track season, but more often than not you will end up being sick or injured in one way or another.

It’s up to you to decide when to run and when to rest, but make sure you understand the consequences of doing both.

You should ask yourself the following questions when deciding whether you should run or not.

  • How far off is the most important meet of the season? (States, Leagues, Regionals)
  • How quickly do you think you can get better?
  • Are there any long term health problems that can be caused by exercising now?

The Basics

Whether you’re sick or injured you should be focusing on getting healthier ASAP.

Try to get as much sleep as you can and consider napping after school instead of going to track practice (if your coach approves of it).

If you’re sick, drink warm liquids, try to stay in bed as much as possible, and don’t strain yourself.

If you’re injured, depending on the extent of your injury, you might want to foam roll, ice, or heat it, or you might want to try to put less stress on it. You should talk to your coach or athletic trainer about it.

Early Season Injuries

If you get sick or injured early in the season the best thing for most people is to rest as much as possible and not run at all.

You should get back on your feet fairly quickly, and since there are no incredibly important meets at the beginning of the season you will not miss much.

Working through injuries is not suggested as it might injure you more and you will have to miss the whole season.

Mid-Season

If it’s early mid season, you should just rest up and hope that you get better quickly, but if it’s late mid-season you might want to see how far off the important meets are and keep exercising while injured/sick at a lower intensity.

Late Season

If the important meet is coming up soon you should get as much rest as possible and try to get to as close to 100% as you can without running.

At this point you should be cutting back on your running in an attempt to peak anyway, so not running for a couple days and resting might actually result in a PR!

Figuring Out The Cause

It’s always good to try to figure out the cause of an injury or sickness so you can make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

Think back to the week before you got sick and think of any instances of you:

  • Talking to someone who was sick.
  • Getting really warm and sweaty while running and cooling off too quickly.
  • Eating old food. (Stomach flu)

If you got injured think about:

  • Whether you stretched after every practice and foam rolled daily.
  • Whether you might have some muscle imbalances that cause a muscle to work too hard and get injured.
  • Whether your shoes are the right ones for the event you run.

You don’t want to wear sprinting shoes for mid distance while wearing mid distance shoes for sprinting is fine.

Preventing Injuries And Sickness

You can’t prevent everything, but many injuries can easily be prevented by proper strength training, stretching, and foam rolling.

If you don’t already to off-season strength training, make sure you start right away when the season ends and make sure you focus on form first and the amount of weight you’re lifting second!

If you lift properly and stretch and foam roll daily, many injuries can be prevented.

Getting the proper amount of sleep is also crucial as there is a very real possibility of overtraining. You should be aiming for at least 8-9 hours a day during the off-season, and 8-10 hours a day during the season.

sleeping dog

How to Run Your Best Time This Track Season

The 2015 high school track season is just beginning, but if your goal is to PR this season then you need to start focusing on certain areas of your life starting today.

There are 4 important pieces to success, and 3 of those 4 are done outside of track practice. Here they are in order of importance from most to least important:

  1. Proper sleep/sleeping schedule.
  2. Proper hydration.
  3. Proper nutrition.
  4. The right kind of training/training intensity.

There are other small pieces that can help you get a better time, but if the above ones aren’t taken care of, then running a PR is going to be hard.

Getting Enough Sleep

sleeping dogGetting enough sleep is incredibly important for every athlete, but it is often overlooked by coaches and athletes.

DO NOT ignore the benefits of proper sleep! It is recommended for teens to sleep 8-10 hours per night, but for athletes who train hard every day that number should be between 9-10 hours per night if not more.

There have been studies at Stanford and other colleges that say that tennis athletes who changed their sleeping schedule to 10 hours per night for five weeks ran faster sprints and hit more accurate tennis shots. If you want to know more, you can read the article here.

This also makes sense logically. Your body recovers and makes your muscles stronger during sleep, so if you’re not getting enough sleep your muscles don’t have time to recover and you perform worse.

I understand that sleeping even 9 hours as a high-schooler is incredibly difficult because most schools start at around 7:45-8 which means you have to get up at 6:30-7, so to get enough sleep you’d have to go to bed at 9:30 if not earlier, and with track practice, other extracurriculars, and homework it might seem nearly impossible to go to bed that early.

Here are some tips for managing your busy schedule and getting the most out of your body:

  1. Go to bed early on Friday and continue on Saturday and Sunday as you don’t have to stay up late to do homework on those days.
  2. When you’re at school on Monday do as much homework as you can during class and lunch. You’ll be surprised at how much you can get done if you ignore the teacher when they’re not teaching and work ahead. You might also have to put in your headphones and ignore your friends who are messing around, but just think about how amazing it will feel to PR and go to States!
  3. After getting home and snacking after track practice, start doing your homework right away.
  4. Once your homework is finished you can work on other things you’re interested in, but it should be your top priority so you can go to sleep before 9:30.
  5. If you can’t finish all of your homework before 9:30, finish it in class on the next day.

Proper Hydration

hydrating as an athleteThe simplest way to check if you’re hydrated is to check the color of your urine.

If it’s consistently clear or light yellow then you’re staying well-hydrated, but if it’s not, then you need to drink more water throughout the day.

Sports drinks are not necessary and they often contain too much useless sugar, but if you must drink it, do it after a hard, sweaty workout, and not before one. I’d recommend not drinking them at all, but whether you do or not is up to you.

You can check out this article if you’d like to learn more about proper hydration.

Proper Nutrition

As an athlete you might have to give up bad foods and snacks for more healthy alternatives.

If your body was a fireplace, to get the brightest burning fire you would put in the nice, dry logs and not the damp, nasty ones because it would take more energy for them to start burning.

The same principle applies here. Your body is better at converting healthier food into energy than it is at converting McDonalds and other crap into energy.

This will also help you feel better later on in life, and it will help your face clear up if you have acne so it’s a win win!

Training Intensity

This should go without saying, but you should listen to your coaches and take all workouts seriously.

If it’s a tempo run make sure you’re doing the fastest pace you can sustain for the certain mileage. If it’s an interval workout, make sure you’re hitting the proper times. If it’s a maintenance day make sure that your muscles are nice and stretched out and that you feel good after the workout.

For sprinters this should go without saying, but every sprint should be all out. Push yourself to be better!

Small tips

There are some other tips that can help you get a better time also.

  • Make sure you’re using the proper spikes. (Sprinters, or Middle Distance)
  • Make sure you have a strategy for every event you run unless it’s a 100m dash. Ask your coach about it if you don’t know what I mean by this.
  • Foam roll your muscles and stretch after every workout to speed up the recovery time.
  • Make sure you have the proper joint mobility and enough coordination so your form doesn’t break down too much at the end of races.
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Winter Training for Middle Distance Runners

A-lot-of-snowAs a middle distance runner during the winter you have a couple goals:

  • Increasing your max sprinting speed.
  • Increasing your VO2 max.

Working on accomplishing both of them at the same time won’t yield the same results as working on one of them separately and then moving on to the other.

Planning Phase

If you have at least two months left until track season starts, you will be doing VO2 max for a month and then sprint oriented workouts for a month. (If you are in shape right now)

If you only have a month or less left, you will be working mostly on increasing your speed with a bit of focus on VO2 max.

If you’re not in shape yet, you should just do a basic distance running program until you can a 12 minute two mile.

Basic Program:

Monday: Long Slow Distance Day

Tuesday: Short Tempo Day. (Run at the same speed for 1 or 2 miles)

Wednesday: Maintenance Run. (Run 1-2 miles at an easy pace for you)

Thursday: Long Tempo Day. (Run at the same speed for 2-3 miles)

Friday: Maintenance Run.

Saturday: Either event specific run or an all out timed mile.

Sunday: Rest day or Maintenance Run.

Do Distance Runners Need Sprint Training?

You might be wondering, “Why should I increase my sprinting speed if I’m a middle distance runner?”

  1. It will make you a faster distance runner.
  2. It will make your other workouts easier.
  3. It will be easier to outsprint your opponents at the end of a race.

Imagine you have two runners: John and Jack.

They’re both running in the 800, and after the first 400m, John leads by 10m.

John’s best time in the 100m is a 10.9, but Jack’s best is a 12.6.

Let’s say that to stay in the spots they’re currently in they need to run a 55 second lap.

John needs to run at 79% of his max effort because his max sprinting speed is higher, but Jack needs to run at 92% of his max effort!

Now you tell me, which one is easier?

Beating your opponents at the end of the race will also be easier if you have a bigger “kick” than the guy next to you.

Workouts

You can do the workouts outside, in the gym, on a treadmill, or using other equipment.

Check out this post to see what other equipment you can use, and create your workout using the example ones below.

You sample workouts will look like this:

2 Month+ Program

First Month (VO2 max focused)

Monday: Longer maintenance

Tuesday: Short Intervals (a total of 2 miles)

Wednesday: Maintenance Run. (Run 1-2 miles at an easy pace for you)

Thursday: Long Intervals (total of 4 miles)

Friday: Maintenance Run.

Saturday: All out timed mile.

Sunday: Rest day or Maintenance Run.

Short Interval Workout Examples:

Treadmill:

Set it to the max speed (12), run for 30 seconds.

Set it to half of the max (6), run for 30 seconds.

Repeat until you’ve ran 2 miles.

Outside:

Sprint for 15 seconds all out.

Jog for 45 seconds.

Repeat for 20 minutes.

Long Interval Examples:

Treadmill:

Set it to the max speed (12), run for 1 minute.

Set it to half of the max (6), run for 1 minute.

Repeat until you’re at 4 miles.

Outside:

Run a 400m dash (1 minute 15 seconds). Not all out, but fast.

Jog for 1-1.5 minutes.

Repeat for 20-30 minutes.

Second month. (Max speed focused)

Monday: Max speed or hill training

Tuesday: Speed endurance

Wednesday: Day off or lift

Thursday: Max speed/hill training

Friday: Speed endurance

Saturday: Event practice

Sunday: Rest day

Max speed/hill training:

Treadmill:

You will only be able to do “max speed training” on a treadmill if it has the option to increase the elevation to 12 or higher. An elevation of 15 is ideal, but not all treadmills go that high.

Set speed to 12, and the elevation to 15.

Sprint for 15-20 seconds.

Rest for 5-10 minutes.

Repeat 6-10 times.

Outside:

All out sprint for 10 seconds.

Rest for 5 minutes.

Repeat 6-8 times.

Speed Endurance Training:

Treadmill:

Set the speed to 12 and the elevation to 15.

Sprint for 30 seconds.

Rest for 3-5 minutes.

Repeat 8-10 times.

Outside:

Sprint 200m.

Rest for 2 minutes.

Repeat 8 times.

One Month Program

If you only have a month left, we will mostly focus on increasing your sprinting speed, while placing some focus on increasing your VO2 max.

Monday: Max speed or hill training

Tuesday: Short Intervals

Wednesday: Maintenance run

Thursday: Max speed/hill training

Friday: Long Intervals

Saturday: Max speed training (lower volume)

Sunday: Rest day

With the above programs you should be ready for anything your coach will throw at you when the season starts, and you will be ready to get out there and beat everyone!

P.S. Please don’t forget to check out the best spikes for middle distance runners!

Blazer Needle Spikes Bag of 100

Best Track Spikes Shape, Design, and Length

The 1/4 inch pyramid spike is the one you see most often at the high school and college level for both sprinters and longer distance runners.

However, is it really the best type of spike for you?

Most people don’t think about different designs for their spikes, but some designs truly are better than others in certain cases!

There are the famous pyramid spikes, Christmas tree (also known as compression), needle, and post spikes. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with all of them yet! After reading this article you should be able to pick out the perfect ones for yourself!

Some Questions

Before buying the spikes, ask yourself the following question:

  • Will I be racing in an indoor meet during the season?

If yes, then your choice should be the 1/4th inch pyramid ones because many indoor meets have a limit on their length, and it just happens to be a quarter of an inch, so if you don’t want to run without spikes bring 1/4th inch ones! Most tracks don’t care if you use the pyramid type, or the other variety, but some are very particular about it, so always have replacement 1/4th inch pyramid spikes with you wherever you go!

Now that you know about that, let’s get into the difference in performance between the different types!

A lot of the information that follows was presented in the science paper titled “Energy Return Of Different Designs Of Track Spikes“.

Even though the study only measured the energy output of different designs, we can infer from the results how the shape affects the runners’ times.
The Results

Modified Christmas Tree spikes (AKA compression) returned the highest amount of energy, followed by the Pyramid ones, regular Christmas Tree, and post. The pin/needle type took the last place.

What this means to you is that if you want more of the energy that you use while running to be used to propel you forward, you should get the compression or Pyramid spikes.

However, just because the pin/needle type took the last place, it doesn’t mean that one should never use them. If an athlete has problems while slipping in running spikes (it happens), the pin type is the cure.

Pin spikes are more dangerous to the athletes around you, and they should almost never be used by hurdlers because of the danger of penetrating someones arms/legs if they fall.

Distance runners should also avoid pin/needle ones and should instead opt for the more standard Pyramid spikes, because as the events get longer, the advantage of having more energy returned to you fades.

Pyramid SpikesCompression SpikesNeedle Spikes
Bag of Pyramid Spikes 100 Count 14thASICS Compression-Tiered Spikes 12 PackBlazer Needle Spikes Bag of 100

Top 10 Websites for Track and Field Athletes 2017/2018

Track gets no love at a high school level. That’s a simple fact.

Sports like football, basketball, and soccer steal potential track stars, and honestly track is just not a sexy sport.

However, this makes getting into track much easier, and you don’t need years and years of training to be successful.

If you want to become a faster runner, better jumper, or stronger thrower, the following sites are full of information that could help you reach that track star status.

  1. Complete Track And Field– This is a website run by Latif Thomas, that has loads of useful information for a track athlete. Some of it is buried deep within the website, but it’s definitely worth digging through everything and finding the gems not found anywhere else.
  2. Everything Track And Field–  This website is a store for everything you could need for track and field training, but they also have numerous articles by experts in the field. They even have event specific articles for Shot Put, Pole Vault and High Jump!
  3. NYRR Middle School Training–  This is a small part of a website that is very useful for reading up on the basics of event specific and general training. Even though the training program is for middle school, everyone should give it a read.
  4. Elite Athletic Performance–  Some more track and field basics.
  5. Twice The Speed YouTube Channel–  A great YouTube channel if you’re trying to get faster and increase your speed. The guy will try to sell you stuff though, but don’t do it! Just listen to his free stuff!
  6. DeStorm’s Sprinting Tutorial–  An old, but gold video by DeStorm that explains the basics of sprinting starting from proper form and ending with proper training. Short and very useful!
  7. EliteTrack This site has some very interesting articles about track and field and they also have a forum that you can use to ask coaches and other runners like you track related questions!
  8. TrackStarUsa Another great site created by Scott Carhoun. You can get specific event training info, and all of it is free!
  9. SfTrackAndField– The site has a couple of example training plans for the 100, 400, 800, and even the 1500!
  10. SportFitnessAdvisor– This is a very useful website overall, but this specific link leads to the proper sprinting technique page. Bad sprinting form can be the difference between 1st place and 5th place even in the 1 mile, so even if you’re a distance runner, knowing the proper sprinting form can’t hurt you!
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Best and Coolest Looking Track Spikes 2017/2018

There are many awesome looking spikes out there, but if you’re looking for the ones with the most intricate and coolest design then the ASICS Gunlap shoes are perfect for you!

They come in 4 designs, and all of them are incredibly beautiful! These track shoes are bound to blow away all competition in terms of looking cool.

NameImage
Blue DragonBlue Dragon
Blue Floral/Flash YellowBlue Floral Flash Yellow
Pink DragonPink Dragon
Red Floral/Flash GreenRed Floral Flash Green

adidas Performance Men's Sprint Star 4 M Track Shoe topIf the above examples don’t satisfy your desire for beautiful sneakers, or if you want something simple but elegant, then look no further than the ones below!

Most track spikes are very bright and neon, but some of them are even brighter and stand out from the competition.

The Adidas Performance Men’s Sprint Stars are a beautiful bright blue, but the coolest thing about them is the fact that the left and the right spikes will be different colors!

They’re not just incredibly good looking, and they offer great performance on the track, and they’re also incredibly light.

If you buy these, you’re bound to have one of the best looking spikes at any track meet!

If you’re not just looking for shoes with an interesting design, or shoes of two different colors, then maybe you’d be interested in the ASICS Sonicsprint shoes which have very sleek design compared to all other ones on the market.

They are also very light and also offer great performance for both sprinters and high school middle distance runners.

If you haven’t found the perfect pair for yourself yet, make sure to check out the posts “Best Mid Distance Track Spikes” and “Best Track Spikes For Sprinters” depending on what events you run!