This page includes a video of the running clinic by Danny Abshire.
One of the goals of the course is to improve your fitness during the term. To help gauge this, we will do pre- and post-course fitness tests. These tests will be done at the MIT Zeisiger Center and are called fitness assessments.
The tests will consist of the following:
The pre-course test will establish your baseline fitness level. See how your training program can improve it during the term, as determined by the post-course test.
You will need to select a training schedule appropriate for your goal event and fitness level. We will work with the schedules in this book:
Read chapters 1 and 2 for background. Then go to other chapters and fitness levels for your specific event.
Baseline workout schedule (PDF)
Part of research is to document your experiments. Since you are using your own body as the experimental device, you need to document how the experiment is going. You will keep a training journal throughout the term.
Things that you want to think about for your training journal:
To earn additional PE credits, students can complete the Mooseman Triathlon, scheduled for the first weekend of June. You can choose from two distances: International (aka Olympic) or Half iron.
International (Olympic) distance
Half iron distance
Students may choose to participate in a running shoe study sponsored by Newton Running. The goal of the study is to evaluate the running performance effects of the Newton shoe design. There will be scheduled 3 running workouts a week. Upon completion of the study, the students may keep their Newton running shoes and will earn 2 PE points.
Detailed description of the study (PDF)
To begin Phase II of the study, Danny Abshire of Newton Running gave a clinic on running technique.
Free streaming video: