I've always taken a patient, long-term view to things in life and that's my number one credo as a coach.
We all have short-term goals – they're essential for feedback, motivation and a whole range of things – but keeping the big picture in mind is far more important.
Consistency of training over a long period gives us our greatest chance of success, so I like to use a model that slowly progresses sessions and volume over months and years.
With more than 25 years of running and coaching at a state and national level, here's a few nuts and bolts of what I believe works best.
Runners should be well-rounded and tap into speed and strength sessions, but above all from a good aerobic base that utilises threshold training as a key ingredient.
Programs must be adapted to each individual.
We all have different strengths and weaknesses and outside influences that must be accounted for.
Runners should have a say in their program.
I've always found that if you're happy and having fun, it spills over into your training and the results follow.
I want our squad to be one that enjoy each other's company and share in the success of others.