Coaching for the Dashing Whippets is provided by a committee with Scott Batten, Chris Forti, Megan Alliston, Fred Hines and Emmi Aguillard. They are joined by specialist coaches Matt Wong (advanced track/mile training), Laura Gann (nutrition and health) and Jeremy Arthur (advanced marathon training). Chris Forti is the team’s head coach.
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.
Please see here for information on private coaching options.
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.
In this unusual time, our short distance plans have a wider variety of workouts than in the past, and we suggest virtual races on a frequent basis:
- Spring 2021 Short Distance Plan (March to May 2021)
Longer distance training plans
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. Half marathon plans are often shorter, but they follow a similar approach.
In this unusual time, our marathon plans suggest a gradual base-building / base-maintaining phase, before developing into race-specific training.
- Brooklyn Half Training Plan (April to June 2021)
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.
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.