My two boys are running jr high track. (One is an eighth grader and the other is a fifth grader who is the team manager but trains with them). I have no control over their training during the week. (I feel it is very speed laden with little emphasis on endurance). They race 2xs a week. On mondays and Wednesdays. On the weekend, I have them just get some easy miles and longer runs in.
With both of my boys, they are racing their 1600 at the same pace as they would go out in the 2 mile for XC. (One kid would go out in 5:35 and had an 11:33 2 mile. The other would go out in 6:15 and had a 12:35 2 mile). Right now both are racing their 1600 at the same pace.
I understand how mental racing is and how they need to get out of their comfort zone, but is there a workout or racing strategy I should tell them to try and do to break through that barrier?
(As for me, I was a 4:02 miler, but bc I am dad apparently I don’t know what I’m talking about so I’m turning to others for advice). Thanks