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Published May 28 2010

The difference is distance: Roesler's intense training regiment sets her apart

The top of the two-page document spells out the contents in bold type: Training for Laura Roesler.

To most people, it likely looks like nothing more than a bunch of days and numbers with Roesler’s handwritten notes in the margins.

However, these pieces of paper helped Roesler take her track and field training to new heights as she prepared for last summer’s Pan American Junior Championships in Trinidad.

“It was totally different, so it was a challenge,” said Roesler, a Fargo South senior who can finish her career with a record 21 individual titles with wins in the Class A 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters the North Dakota state meet that begins today in Bismarck. “This is the next-level training.”

Roesler’s next level of training was put together by Rose Monday, the USA Track and Field Chair of Development for Distance Runners.

Monday was ranked in the Top 10 in the United States in the 800 from 1983-92. She was the coach of Roesler’s U.S. junior team.

The training regimen – which Roesler continues to use pieces of as she gears up for her first season at the University of Oregon next year – is broken into separate daily workouts for the month leading up to the Pan American Junior Championships.

The most difficult tasks for Roesler are the longer runs. Like on the final Saturday of training before the big meet when she did separate 1,000, 800 and 600 runs. But it wasn’t that simple.

Roesler ran each 200 of each run at a different pace to get her body used to changing gears.

She also ran three 600s with negative splits in the final 200 of each run. A negative split is running a faster pace in the second section of the run.

The first day of the routine calls for six 200-meter runs with short rest in between. She accomplishes each of them at about a 2 minute, 02 second 800 pace. The high school record for the 800 is 2:00.07 set in 1982 by Kim Gallagher of Pennsylvania.

Roesler said her favorite part of the workout is running three 400s, each in less than a minute, with only seven minutes of rest in between.

“I couldn’t do it all,” said Laura’s twin brother, Kyle, who is a standout sprinter for Fargo South.

“I can barely understand it,” Laura’s mother, Karen, added.

Bruins distance coach Rod Hardie, who coached South’s boys for several seasons, said he’s amazed by Roesler’s workouts.

Roesler’s South teammates often marvel at her ability to run grueling workouts with ease, Hardie said.

“You just stand there and watch her,” said Hardie, who is in his first season as the girls distance coach. “She’s pretty self-driven to get where she wants to be. She’s got a goal in mind. It’s totally amazing how fast she can run.”

Roesler incorporates many of her workouts into her daily Fargo South track practices.

She said she’ll likely get a new high-intensity workout routine from Monday to help her prepare for the World Junior Track and Field Championships in July.

“To try and make that you have to be at the top of your game,” Roesler said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562