Freshman running varsity winter track

by Mike
(Long Island)

My regular event is the mile - pb 5:02 as 8th grader - but I am running the 1000 indoor at the frosh/soph league meet. What is the best strategy? I have a great kick. Thanks.

I love the 1000 meter run. That was one of my favorite events in college. Typically, the race starts off with some of the runners going out too hard. I suggest getting off the line and settling in the back of the pack. After about 200 meters, you can start working your way up, but try to pass people on straightaways. It's easier then than going around them on the curve. With about 800 meters to go, start pushing really hard and then let it loose the last 100 meters.

That's how I ran it anyways. If you recently ran an 800, a good time would be to come through the 800 about three to five seconds slower than your best 800. For instance, if your best 800 is 2:10, you should be about 2:15 at the 800 and probably could run about a 2:50 for the 1000.

Get after it - Coach Tief

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