This is a follow up article on Time Trials in Training: Run Alone or in a Group?
My early days with Coach Dennis Barrett were always in a group to simulate a race condition. Some of us didn’t use starting blocks because our Club only owned two! As an Alan Wells fan, I would say “screw it” and get down on all fours on the track.
Some sprinters are psychologically dependent with starting blocks. With proper spikes and synthetic tracks, I feel you can still get an effective start without them. And my indoor 400 meter Dartmouth Relays proved it, as you are not allowed to use blocks on the oval events.
In the video, note how the sprinters go down on all fours with NO BLOCKS! Who says you need blocks to run fast? Especially for a 300 or 400 meters, though you should always run the first 5 or 7 steps the same way whether it’s an indoor 60m sprint or 400 meter dash.
In Asafa Powell’s 300m (fast forward to the 2:08 mark), he runs 31.60 and splits 200m in 20.28...