CoachingCoaching for the Dashing Whippets is provided by a committee with Scott BattenChris Forti, Megan Jones and Fred Hines coordinating and developing the majority of the training plans.  As well, Chris oversees the Thursday track workouts.

Because our members have a diversity of interests and goals, the team has at least two training plans running at any given time.

The coaches have also distributed a coaching tool called the Run S.M.A.R.T. Program, which uses a mobile app to manage your training.  Check out information on the program here.

Please read this for workout details and definitions of key terms.

Shorter distance training plans

As popular as marathons are, shorter distances are even more well attended by our members. Dashing Whippets coaches publish training plans for eleven NYRR club points races throughout the year.  These range in distance from the Fifth Avenue Mile to the Brooklyn Half Marathon.

Our team training plans for shorter distances are typically 6 to 10 weeks, with recovery periods included to allow athletes to maintain fitness without risking overtraining.  Our workouts employ a mix of hills, tempo runs, long aerobic pace runs, short/fast and long/moderate intervals to develop speed.

Marathon plans

Our spring marathon training is developed primarily for the Boston and New Jersey Marathons; our fall marathon training is oriented to New York City, Chicago, and other large events:

Dashing Whippets marathon plans are usually 15-18 weeks long with the first 4-8 weeks focusing on developing strength and speed, a second eight week phase working on specific marathon paced training, and a two to three-week long taper.

Strength training plans

Emmi Aguillard, DPT, the Dashing Whippets’ mobility and strength coach, has developed these recommended Strength Training Plans that you may see in our training plans.

Emmi has also prepared helpful instructional videos to demonstrate the proper range of motions during strength training. (Links are in the strength training plan.) Please do not hesitate to ask Emmi or any of our coaches for help.

Workout support

Each event on the team calendar has an objective, even if it is as simple as a recovery run. Key sessions scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and weekends often have detailed recommended workouts that reflect the training plans currently in effect.

Run leaders adjust the workout to current conditions and the goals of the individuals in attendance. They plot the course of the training run, and, when appropriate, break attendees into groups based on training pace.

At our most advanced sessions, a run leader may guide the group through warmup exercises, lead drills to improve strength and coordination before and after the workout, and even track the times of runners as they complete the core part of the training.

The Dashing Whippets provide the structure.  But it is our members who actually provide the motivation and encouragement for each person to rise to his or her potential.  Athletes who thrive under our coaching are the ones who are personally driven to reach the next level of performance.

Our value is in providing a well-tested set of workouts, with training partners that have similar goals, all within the context of hosted runs that are friendly and encouraging to all.

Join us as we get faster together.

You can find a list of our events on our Meetup site.