Coaching for the Dashing Whippets is provided by a committee with Scott Batten, Chris Forti, Megan Jones, and Cassie Wallace coordinating and developing the majority of the training plans. Chris oversees the Thursday track workouts as a paid coach.
Because our members have a diversity of interests and goals, the team has two or more training plans running concurrently for most of the year.
New for 2018 – the coaches have rolled out 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.
Our spring marathon plan is developed primarily for the Boston Marathon and the NJ Marathon. We can also help modify the plan for another spring marathon. Please see our marathon training plans below:
Dashing Whippet marathon plans are usually 18 weeks long with the first 6-8 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.
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, and encompass numerous races from 5K to 15K.
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 intervals (with long rest), and long moderate intervals (with short rest) to develop each runner’s speed.
Please see our current short distance training plans below:
For details on our training plans and definitions of key terms, please see here.
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.
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