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The Coaching Runners Podcast helps coaches hone their craft via in-depth interviews with elite coaches and accomplished athletes, as well as sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches. Jay Johnson hosts the show. Links and notes from each episode can be found at

Jun 16, 2019

Tonya McDonough is the girls cross country and distance coach at Iowa City Liberty High School in Iowa City, Iowa.


This conversation focuses on summer training for high school girls, specifically Tonya’s three juniors who want to make a jump this summer.

The starting point for the conversation is a brief overview of the concepts she learned in Jay’s Fundamentals Education Course, then the two go in-depth about factors that must be considered regarding summer training: heat and humidity, volume, the importance of strides and non-running work, the importance of the long run and the importance being mindful of the girl’s long-term development, given that they all want to run in college.

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