Several runners whom I coach, or for whom I write workouts and their team coaches administer the workouts, have performed very well this spring. Many high school runners have set personal bests by large margins, and it's very exciting news! Five girls have run 11:28 or under, one in the upper 10s. Several girls have run under 5:24 for the 1600m, and two under 5:00. Several boys have run under 10:00 for the 3200m, with 6 of them under 9:45 (4 of them under 9:30, and 2 under 9:20, one under 9:00). Several boys have improved significantly in the 1600m: 7 of them under 4:35, 5 under 4:30, and 2 under 4:20 (one under 4:10). Several have run at or under 2:00 for the 800m, and 1 under 1:53. Note, again, I am not their direct coach. I write the workouts, advice the coaches about how to manage the workouts, what warm-ups or cool downs are ideal, what race strategies to use, how to deal with multiple races at one track meet, how t deal with all the little details that arise in the (art) of coaching athletes.
I value the relationship that the coach and I build. It's a collaboration. I educated, answer questions, and seek to help the coach rise to a higher level of proficiency, gain even more confidence, and love what they are doing (professionally) even more. I notice that the enthusiasm of the coaches with whom I work rises significantly. Maybe it's because they have someone in their corner guiding them? Maybe it's someone with whom they can vent, share their frustration, and find some answers too? Maybe it's just the thrill of seeing their athletes get a lot better, race faster, run with the fast runners and succeed? Maybe it's just a mixture of all of those factors, and perhaps more? (All I know is there is personal growth happening, and it gives me a very good feeling in my "heart" to know that fine people, who just happen to be coaches, are enjoying coaching more than ever.)
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