WANT MORE DISTANCE
Dear Coach Ed, |
I'm 13 and I don't know how to train for track. My
run like every day and they run far. I run every day but I only run a
Please try not compare yourself to your
brothers. Running is different for everyone. Let's just work on getting YOU
better and more comfortable with running distance.
The first thing is if you want
to run longer, you have to run at a slower pace. This is okay because the
more miles you get in the better conditioned your body will be. For example:
Let's say you run 1 mile in 8 minutes if you slow down to a 9 minute per
pace you will be able to run 2 miles with the same effort and receive twice
much conditioning. After a few months of conditioning when you try to run
a mile fast you will be able to run well under 8 minutes.
I want you to look
under "All Coach Ed's Advice" on this website. Check out "Improving My
Mile Time", "Getting Ready For XC" and "Increasing Mileage For Competition".
You will find some ideas and speed workouts to help you develop a schedule
that works for you. Be patient Paul, a good distance runner takes time to
develop and from your letter it sounds like you're ready to be a good distance
Ed Poirier, "Coach Ed", recently was invited by the United States Olympic
committee to attend a workshop and training seminar at the Olympic training
center in California.