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New Teen Runner - SERIOUS HELP NEEDED (Read 245 times)

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    You don't need a plan at your age, just get outdoors and run.

     

    It will be hard when you start but you will quickly see huge improvements in a few weeks and you'll know your potential in a few months.

     

    I was dead slow at school. I came last and third to last in our annual cross country and it wasn't even a team event, it was just for everyone in our grade. It was embarrassing.

     

    But then I got a dog who could just run and run for ever? I used to "walk/run" with him off-leash)  3 times a day. Looking back I was probably walk/running 4 to 7 miles a day. Sometimes he'd run off and I'd have to sprint after him. I guess that was my speed-work 

     

    Suddenly my performances improved. I wasn't great but at least I wasn't losing and I almost made the school track team at 400 meters.

     

    So just run and who knows what can happen by August?

    Age 52

    2016 Targets - 100 - 13.2s, 400 - 62s, 800 - 2:30, Mile - 5:40

      With all due respect, by this logic no one would ever need a coach or someone to advice them.  I think the biggest mistakes I ever made with running is when I first started.  I decided to run XC going into my Jr year.  My HS team didn't have summer practices/camps, so I just ran on my own. This was long before the internet and all the information/books about how to train. Looking back I sure wish I had someone to consult with simple things like "do a long run once/week. go easy on your easy days so you can go hard on your hard days."  Yes running is a simple sport, and we often over-think it, but you can learn and gain a lot by having a good coach.  If anything, it gets the OP immediately connected to the coach and other runners on the team.

       

      You don't need a plan at your age, just get outdoors and run.

       

      It will be hard when you start but you will quickly see huge improvements in a few weeks and you'll know your potential in a few months.

       

      I was dead slow at school. I came last and third to last in our annual cross country and it wasn't even a team event, it was just for everyone in our grade. It was embarrassing.

       

      But then I got a dog who could just run and run for ever? I used to "walk/run" with him off-leash)  3 times a day. Looking back I was probably walk/running 4 to 7 miles a day. Sometimes he'd run off and I'd have to sprint after him. I guess that was my speed-work 

       

      Suddenly my performances improved. I wasn't great but at least I wasn't losing and I almost made the school track team at 400 meters.

       

      So just run and who knows what can happen by August?

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        With all due respect, by this logic no one would ever need a coach or someone to advice them.  I think the biggest mistakes I ever made with running is when I first started.  I decided to run XC going into my Jr year.  My HS team didn't have summer practices/camps, so I just ran on my own. This was long before the internet and all the information/books about how to train. Looking back I sure wish I had someone to consult with simple things like "do a long run once/week. go easy on your easy days so you can go hard on your hard days."  Yes running is a simple sport, and we often over-think it, but you can learn and gain a lot by having a good coach.  If anything, it gets the OP immediately connected to the coach and other runners on the team.

         

         

        I was assuming that coaching wouldn't be available before he tried out for the XC team. If it is, use it, but running is the first step.

        Age 52

        2016 Targets - 100 - 13.2s, 400 - 62s, 800 - 2:30, Mile - 5:40

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