A Comparison of Training Methods for Male Cross Country Runners

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The purpose of this study was to determine which method of training male high school cross country student-athlete’s was more effective: lower mileage and higher intensity training or higher mileage and lower intensity training. A quasi-experimental design was used for this study. Student athletes were separated into two training groups for the twelve week study. Seven races of 3.1 miles each were run during the period of the study to gauge the effectiveness of each training method as measured by student-athlete’s race times. The results of the study revealed no significant difference in race time improvement between the student-athlete’s who trained with the lower mileage, higher intensity method compared to the student-athlete’s who trained with the higher mileage, lower intensity method.