Frustrated with coach
My son is running distance track - one and two mile events. Today the team was given a 2400 meter tempo run on the track; targeted mile paces as follows:
group one -- PRs from 5:03 to 5:30 -- target pace 5:30
group two -- PRs mid to high 5mins -- target pace 5:45
group three -- PRs 5:55 to 7+ -- target pace 6:00
Please tell me these targets are insane and I'm not.
btw: my son was smart enough to run 6:40 pace (he runs 12 mins for 2 miles; with proper training I think he could drop that to 11 mins)
btw2: this coach produced boys & girls xc team that went to state so "obviously" they are great; they also had a 60+% injury rate with their athletes; mostly knee tendonitis, shin splints, and IT band.
I guess the point being to parents, don't just leave it up to the coach. Educate yourself and your child. Even if a coach appears to have success -- beware of overtraining and improper training. Pay attention to how your child is responding to their training - any type of injuries, change in eating habits or sleeping patterns. Changes or issues in these areas can be an indicator of a problem.Hello Glenn,
Yes. I don't see the logic in this workout. How can you run these paces when they are basically your PR pace for a race.
The best thing your son can do is work hard enough to make himself "pleasantly tired" on these days instead of killing himself. Pushing yourself to the edge is what race day is for.
I interviewed a legendary coach from Colorado and his best advice was to "avoid death-defying workouts."
Happy Trails - Coach Tief