Dear Coach Ed,|
My daughter Meghan is 12 years old (6th grade) and has
been running track in a local cyo for a few years.
She clearly has a talent and passion for running.
The last two years the longest race she was allowed to
run for her age was 400M. She was last years regional
winner with a time of 68 sec.
This year she will be allowed to run the 800M.
What is the best way for her to prepare?
What kind of speed work should she do and what
distance work should she do?
Thanks for your time,
With that kind of time Meghan does have talent. Her training must be right
on. My suggestion would be to increase her long run one day a week and I
would leave it at that. Not knowing what her present training schedule is
if Meghan is running a two mile or three mile easy run once a week I would
have her increase it by two miles.
The speed she has for the 400 will carry
over to the 800. This may sound very conservative but my concern is that she
doesn't get burned out running age group races and has a successful high
school running career. She will get more advanced training at that level.
Again seeing those times for a 12 year old girl she is doing something very
right and you don't want to mess with it. I hope to see
Meghan at the 2012 Olympics.
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.