Seven training tips from Mile legend Steve Scott
Learn to race the competition, not the clock.
By Jeff Benjamin, RunBlogRun.com
Steve Scott started out as a basebal player. His mom got Steve into running, encouraging him to join her morning jogs. In high school, the future U.S. Olympian ran 1:52 for the 800 meters and 4:15 for the Mile in high school. Steve Scott went to UC Irvine and was coached by Len Miller. Coach and athlete worked well together for many years. Steve had PRs of 1:45.05 for 800 meters, 2:16.01 for 1000m, 3:31.76 for 1500m, 3:47.69 for Mile, 7:36.69 for 3000m, and for 5000m, he ran 13:30.39.
Steve was from the truly golden era in Mile racing, with the likes of rivals Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Thomas Wessinghage, Steve Cram, Ray Flynn and John Walker. These men would race against each other (well, most of them) every third or fourth night during the Summer season.
Jeff Benjamin caught up with Steve and below are the suggested training tips from the coach of UC San Marcos for young athletes.
Mile legend Steve Scott's Seven Tips
1) Work on speed, not endurance. You build speed until you are a teenager, you can build endurance the rest of your life.
2) Keep it short and sweet. Run short intervals to keep the quality up, sending kids on a 5 mile run most likely will turn into a death march.
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