In this episode of The Physical Performance Show I have a fire-side chat with USA Hall of Fame Track and Field Coach Bob Larsen. During the episode Bob unpacks about his running growing up before progressing into high school coaching before coaching at UCLA and elite level runners including Meb Keflezighi. He chats about the training it takes to be one of the world's best marathon runners and important training metrics.
Listen in as we delve into the following:
How Bob brought American Distance Running back
His running journey growing up
His career as a coach from high school through to his current role
How he coached Meb Keflezighi
The coaching metrics that matter for distance running
How to prolong a distance runner's career
3:15 Introduction to Bob Larsen
6:30 How Bob Larsen started his training group – bringing American distance running back to an international level
8:55: Genesis story of Bob Larsen
9:10 Bob as a runner growing up
14:30 Discovering coaching: start of Bobs career
15:30 coaching techniques that were working back in the high school years that still work
21:35 Injury minimization strategies – cross training
28:40 Mebs Boston Marathon win
32:10 Lead up to Meb’s Athens medal
36:35 The workouts before Meb’s Athens Olympics
39:55 Coaching metrics that matter
47:26 Prolonging a career – Meb’s drills
50:36 Single piece of advice to perform at physical best
52:00 Who would Bob have at his dinner table?
53:15 Physical Performance Challenge
55:18 Where to find Bob Larsen online
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