"Bouncing Back"

by Jianni Mc Dole


My name is Jianni and I'm going into my final year of junior high school (8th grade) and I run the 400. I love it to death but I tore my hip flexer earlier this year doing my second passion
gymnastics. I did a dismount off the balance beam and tore it.

Before that I was running a 56.00 second 400(12 yrs Old). Yesterday my physical thearipist said I could run in a summer track meet to see were I was. I ran against 13,14,15,& 16year olds.

I ran a 58.65 ,400 time. I won, but I'm afraid I won't get back to my prime. My therapist said that I should be happy but last year in 7th grade I hade "Florida state " recruiting me but now a 58:00 second 400 is average. What should I do?

Hello Jianni,

Those are impressive times. It's nice to have a school recruiting you, but lets say this was your junior year of high school, and then your times dropped way off senior year. The schools then would be worried about recruiting you at this time.

My point is, you are way to young to be worrying about scholarships or who wants you to run where 5 or 6 years from now. Focus on getting healthy, not on who's watching you.

Your time is still excellent, and I expect that the drop in time is more a result of losing fitness while you couldn't be active because of the injury.

If you train consistently in the years to come, and you are serious about dedicating yourself to track, it sure sounds like the potential is there for you to be an excellent runner. The big thing is you are very, very young. Don't project what could happen a long time from now. Just look at the smaller picture. What will you do to get better next year? Also, don't do too much because you don't want to re injure yourself and hurt your chances on getting back to your previous best times.

Happy Trails - Coach Tief

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