GEARING UP FOR THE 1500 WITH RACING SHOES
Dear Coach Ed, |
I stumbled on your Web site and this is perfect for me. I have a nine year-old son who started to get into running through the Presidential Physical
Fitness Award Program at his school. His first mile time impressed me so I have
encouraged him to keep running for fun. The USATF state (Minnesota) meet
coming up at the end of June and he wants to run the 1500m.
three questions. The first: Is there anything I can do to help him to do
well? I never ran much other than to keep in shape and never have raced.
He seems to have a natural ability to pace himself. His 400m splits are
within 5 seconds of each other.
Next, what kind of shoes would you
recommend for racing? He has what I would call a standard pair of New
Balance running shoes. Would a more specialized racing shoe be in order
if so what kind would you recommend?
Finally: My son's best non-racing 1500m time is 5:59, but that was by himself. Is
there anyway for me to prepare him to run with other kids his age that can
run similar times?
Thank you and I am looking forward
On this Web site under Coach Ed's Archives find "Improving My Mile
Time", "Training for the 1000", and "Cool Workout for 800". These columns
contain speed work and race strategies that are age appropriate for your
son. In doing some of those workouts run or ride a bicycle near him to
congratulate him each time he finishes a workout. He will need that
support. Kids on a track team get support from each other after a training
session. Training on his own he really needs Dad there telling him how good
he is doing.
A standard pair of New Balance shoes are fine for training and
competition. Any brand of youth racing flats (not spikes) would be a great
reward for dedicated training. Do not use them for training. Racing only.
This can make a young athlete feel like he is about to do something special
as he slips them on before his race. Hey, it worked for me. Just one more
word of advice when helping your son. "Encourage" not push. Good luck to you
and your son. Let me know how it goes.
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.