Julian has over 10 years of running competitive experience, and he has dedicated his life to helping others achieve their goals.
1 Mile – 4:21 5k – 14:57 8k– 25:00 10 Mile – 52:46
I believe the most important role of a running coach is to ensure athletes attach positive memories to exercise. Our health is likely our most valuable asset. It is a life-long pursuit and coaching offers a unique opportunity (and responsibility) to help shape health-positive habits and attitudes that athletes may carry with them the rest of their lives. In other words, I believe in creating consistency. This outlook on coaching directly influences the way I write training as well. Just as I believe that consistency leads to better health, I believe that consistent training over periods of time yields the best race results. My approach to training is a somewhat continuous cycle which focuses on building the aerobic engine while keeping the risk for injury at a minimum. The more
cycles we are able to build off of back-to-back, the stronger we will be as runners. These cycles focus on aerobic strength over speed. A typical first cycle begins with a 4-6 week base-building phase which emphasizes high-end aerobic work like steady states and progressive long runs before transitioning towards work focused more on improving the lactic threshold. I believe the lactic threshold is the single most important factor in determining race performance. The higher the vLT, the faster we can run before building up lactate and fatiguing. All subsequent paces/systems will improve as a result. For this reason, I emphasize very little speed work outside of race simulation workouts. I believe this approach, over a period of time, holds the lowest risk for injury/burnout and yields the best race results in the end. The majority of my approach to training is based in Lydiards work, but with definite influences from Daniels and Schumacher.