By Elizabeth Mathews
Elizabeth Mathews is the mother of the 2019 Australian 1500m title holder, Luke Mathews. She is also the coach of a growing group of middle-distance runners that includes Morgan Mitchell.
Before I delve into my theories on 800m training, I think it must be noted that I’m very new to coaching elite athletes. I only started coaching junior athletes in 2012, when Luke was still a schoolboy. And I only became an ‘elite’ senior coach when I took over Luke’s training again after the 2017 world championships. I am still learning my craft. I am forever devouring any information I can get from other coaches I speak with, as well as books, online coaching articles and any training logs that I can find.
A lot of my philosophy comes from the Peter Coe “5-pace method” that he developed for his son Seb, with great success. He believed that to be a good middle-distance runner you must…….
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