Yours truly with one of my mentors, Dr. Jack Daniels
If you want to accelerate your learning, find the best mentors
Dr. Jack Daniels, Dr. Joe Vigil, Peter Thompson, Colm O’Connell, Scott Simmons, Patrick Sang, Arthur Lydiard, Jerry Schumacher, Renato Canova, my own coach Marshall Clark (coach of several Olympians and national class runners at Stanford University and the University of Montana) and Alberto Salazar are some of the best running coaches in the world (Lydiard and Clark are now deceased).
I have taken classes from a few of the coaches listed above and studied the training methods of the other coaches to the best of my ability.
If you want to get outstanding results, find the very best mentors you can. Learn from mentors personally through seminars or read everything they’ve written about training if you can't meet them in person.
Learn from the best and you’ll save time, effort, money, and a lot of heartache. Make sure you pick mentors who have actually done what you want to do—we have enough theorists in life. Said another way, find the best mentors who have consistently been successful in helping the people they have coached. Just because someone has published an article does not mean they are a good coach. Look for actual improvement in their athlete's performances.
When I was young, who did I study in the investment world? Warren Buffet of course. I read everything about this man’s investment knowledge and acumen. I wanted to understand best practice investing strategies and apply those strategies to my own portfolio. At the time, Buffet was the best investor in the world.
Running is no different. To achieve optimum results, you must find the best coaches in the world and listen closely to what they have to say.
By finding the best mentor's in any field you can achieve extraordinary results if you apply what you learn. Do whatever is necessary to learn from the best, including traveling to your mentors home town if you have to.
In summary, search out the best mentors possible, apply what you learn, and continually learn no matter how much you think you know. You can always learn more about our sport. Your athletes deserve no less.