by Savita Sriram
(Phuket, Thailand)

Is a time of 6:07 minutes for a cross country mile good for my 12 and half year old son?

He does not specifically train for running apart from as an after school athletics programme once a week. He is very active in sport though. He swims, plays soccer and basketball almost everyday, again as part of his after school activities.

I was checking online and that time seems to be quite good. I want to know if we should focus on running for him. (He loves it but is obsessed more with soccer) Will he have a chance in the youth Olympics in China 2014?

Hello Sativa

A time of 6:07 is good, but your son will have to run much faster to be able to have a chance for the youth Olympics in China. His times will have to be under five minutes for the mile to have any chance of doing well against good competition. Now I am only saying this with my knowledge of how competitive running is in the United States. I don't know what the level of competition is in Thailand.

Soccer and running mix really well at a younger age by the way. I don't think you have to give one up for the other just yet. Keep your son running when he has the time, and keep him in soccer. I can tell you this... In the professional world, a pro soccer player gets paid a heck of a lot more than a professional runner.

Happy Trails - Coach Tief

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