Paul Barlow

Arlington, TN

About Me

Former Gulf Coast High School, Naples, FL - XC and Track Distance coach

Discussion Posts

Topic/Message
5 years ago 800, 1600, 3200 Triple
The 2-day format is really making a difference in allowing the athletes to perform their very bes...
5 years ago Peaking in May!
Wow! Very impressive to see so many results from athletes who have trained to be peaking in May. ...
5 years ago Summer running questions
@LSFRED I built summer training around minutes & effort rather than miles during the week and we ...
5 years ago Tripling every week as a Freshman or Sophomore?
@Coach80016003200 the team/athletes I mentioned earlier are clearly over-worked and under-rested,...
5 years ago Tripling every week as a Freshman or Sophomore?
@dddd Wow! This is why it is best to peak late season and hold off anaerobic workloads until whe...
5 years ago Tripling every week as a Freshman or Sophomore?
@jdpsu One of the cases I'm referring prevented a talented freshman from advancing due to racing ...
5 years ago Tripling every week as a Freshman or Sophomore?
The consequences of tripling each week on top of over-training is real. Very talented kids from ...
5 years ago How Many Days of Good Sleep Before a Meet?
@Gooch7 This is the best answer. Insist that the kids enjoy themselves!
5 years ago Tripling every week as a Freshman or Sophomore?
Thank you everyone, outstanding comments. As a coach and a parent who is passionate about our sp...
5 years ago Tripling every week as a Freshman or Sophomore?
@CoachHoward I've done it as well, but always as a part of a plan with very specific splits to ke...
5 years ago Tripling every week as a Freshman or Sophomore?
Coach Howard - Fair enough. I see it from both boy and girl HS coaches and the result always see...
5 years ago Tripling every week as a Freshman or Sophomore?
Coaches, Can someone explain to me the wisdom behind racing a developing freshman or sophomor...
5 years ago Middle School State CC
@gibbonmr You are spot on. I also think it is critically important for talented HS freshman & so...
5 years ago Middle School State CC
@tropiccoast unfortunately, while you and several other coaches in the state are the exception, f...
5 years ago Middle School State CC
As a former middle school and high school coach, and a parent of two talented runners who excelle...
5 years ago Coach That is a Parent vs Coach! How Should it be Handled?
Even if it wasn't the boy's father, he has two coaches with different approaches. This is never ...
5 years ago How long should an established GIRL's long run be for XC by mid-season?
By mid-season, the longer stuff should be finished and a focus on quality AT & tempos. Just my $...
5 years ago Summer XC Training Best Practices?
Thank you everyone who emailed and contributed here. Several things stood out from the multiple ...
6 years ago Summer XC Training Best Practices?
Coaches - When do you begin summer training and what intensity do you use? Do you start in May or...
6 years ago ROD 4 x 800
@jdpsu No, it wasn't the suggestion of change that was found offensive. Consideration of change ...
6 years ago ROD 4 x 800
My teams in the past were affected by this time and time again because of the strength of our 3A ...
6 years ago ROD 4 x 800
The geography of PA doesn't span quite the same weather differences as does Florida, so trying to...
6 years ago 3200 race
Split 3200 finals with so much time in between heats is not a fair scenario for the kids racing. ...
6 years ago Article Comment: By The Numbers: Which Senior Girls Have Improved The Most Over The Past Four Years?
To improve over the course of four years is not an easy task for any runner or coach. Injuries, ...
6 years ago Article Comment: Coaching Teams To The Podium: Kelly Heinzman-Britton - Ft. Myers Girls
While Kelly says she is no longer coaching, her legacy and commitment to excellence will continue...
6 years ago Article Comment: By The Numbers: Which Girls XC Runners Improved The Most In The Last Year?
Cool idea! However the spreadsheet didn't translate very well as the column headings don't line ...
6 years ago Four year reclassifications are coming
What were the cutoffs in previous reclassifications?
6 years ago FHSAA 3A District 12 2014
Lely's teams came ready to race today too, all seven girls ran season best times and 4 of the boy...
6 years ago Colorado uniform controversy
As we enter the state series of meets, something to be aware of: http://co.milesplit.com/artic...
6 years ago fast times
Perhaps we should add a Stimpmeter reading and complete weather conditions including humidity, ba...
6 years ago Stirring the Pot: Should JV Squads Qualify For State
I like the idea. The administration would be easy enough to keep two (or more) rosters. Certain...
6 years ago fast times
Seems that this season has had another added element different from recent years past, torrential...
6 years ago Why do we start running so early in the summer...would starting month later matter.
This is one of my favorite articles/guides on summer running, hope it helps: http://www.coac...
6 years ago State meet
Here is a great place to start: http://www.fhsaa.org/sports/cross-country
6 years ago A Better Ranking System
@geoffpietsch No disdain for subjective rankings at all! I just find that this early in the seas...
6 years ago A Better Ranking System
I find the tab at the top of the screen that says "Rankings" to be the best way evaluate where ev...
6 years ago Article Comment: XC Spotlight: Devin Molloy - Barron Collier
Great profile on Devin! She has put in a great summer of work and I suspect her new favorite cou...
6 years ago The Balance of Speed & Endurance
Found this to be an interesting read using soccer as an example of how speed and endurance work t...
6 years ago GPS Watches & Course accuracy
Nice article to remind us that GPS watches are ONLY a guide... http://running.competitor.com/2...
7 years ago Which high school miler would you recruit and why?
The other unknown is where these PRs happened...were they all big meets with solid competition or...
7 years ago 2014 Cross Country Season
@CoachBarr - What are the limitations for an open/pre-season meet? Seems silly that the season w...
7 years ago FHSAA 3A District 12 2014
We were weather delayed and only finished the running events. The field events will be continued...
7 years ago October 3 and 4th cross country invites
Would anyone be interested in a "sunset" race under lights in Collier County if it could be arran...
7 years ago October 3 and 4th cross country invites
Collier county enforced this observation last year preventing participation in the UF Mt Dew. NO...
7 years ago Article Comment: Athletes of the Week: Whitney, Khosla Post Nation Leading Times
How about US#3 800 Kolin Ashbacher of Palmetto Ridge High School for Honorable Mention! He dropp...
7 years ago What is the measure of success of a high school distance coach?
I'll take a cut at this...the measure of a high school coach, distance running or any other sport...
7 years ago Article Comment: Chronicling History: The 77@11 Line - Florida's Top Girls Prep 3200M/2 Milers
After a quick count, it looks like there are 6 still active and more than a few looking to enter ...
7 years ago Regional meet
@bing28 It's my understanding that Charlotte HS is hosting.
7 years ago Cross Country Awards
Same question for Track? How do you select Varsity letters for track? Points scored at meets? ...
7 years ago Cross Country Awards
Coach Warre and Coach Raposo - Thanks for responding. I've historically drawn a line at who make...