Training suggestions for XC runner who won't run Track

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Training suggestions for XC runner who won't run Track

Post by toughnessbucket » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:38 pm

Long story short - Sophomore boy hasn't decided he doesn't want to run track this spring. He ran 4:50 1600 as 9th grade and 5k pr is 16:59.
Welcome any training suggestions to help him stay in shape until XC conditioning starts in June.

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Re: Training suggestions for XC runner who won't run Track

Post by Clell » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:48 pm

Buy him a tank of gas for his car for each 5k he runs between 17:30 and 18:15. :)    Seriously, the long range goal of improving upon his already good times should be motivation enough. If you can build a bridge mentally and emotionally that staying in shape will keep the ball rolling - as Tinman teaches - and increase his chances of safely improving his times.

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Re: Training suggestions for XC runner who won't run Track

Post by Tinman » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:49 am

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I recommend that you talk to the lad about what training he intends to do; if he does not join the track team. It's important to know what he's up to and guide him in the right direction. I would ask him if he'd like to run some local road races in the spring, which would give him tangible targets for which to shoot and a means for you to measure his progress.

Also, if he run 35-45 miles a week all spring and bumps it to 45-55 this summer, I think you'll find a stronger runner who is able to run low 16's for 5km next fall.

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