Learning From the Greats — Jerry Schumacher


Jerry Schumacher is a legend.

Everyone in the Track and Field world knows his name, especially in the USA Track and Field circle. He’s coached greats such as Shalane Flanagan, Matthew Tegenkamp, Evan Jager, and many more.

Shalane recently won the NYC Marathon and further cemented herself as one of the all-time greatest female runners in US History. Chris Solinsky was the first non-African to run under 27:00 for 10,000 meters. Matthew Tegenkamp was the 4th place finisher in the men’s 5000 meters at the 2007 World Championships. Evan Jager was the runner-up in the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase at the 2017 World Championships and is the current American Record Holder in that event. Emily Infeld was a surprise bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters at the 2015 World Championships. And the list goes on and on and on.

As you can see…Jerry has quite the resume.

I remember several years back reading a Runners World (or maybe it was Running Times?) article on Jerry’s ‘rhythm runs’…which were basically a steady state / progression type of run and how important they were for him in his training program. In fact, after Chris Solinsky had that amazing run in the 10,000 meters it was all the rage. At that point EVERYONE started implementing these ‘rhythm’ runs.

And now, one of the most important workouts that I implement within my training program is a steady state / progression run; and since the time that we started running these throughout the summer and winter base periods our athletes times have dropped tremendously.


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