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RomaRoma said 2 weeks ago

Cross Country helpful for 400 meters?

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    JohnStuartHobbes said 1 week ago

    He's only in grade 7 right? I don't know how effectively someone can actually train at that age (or even if it's healthy to focus on running specific training). Beginning to focus on running too early is not considered the best for childrens' development. I have never in my life come across training plans for children of that age. Most boys at that age haven't even gone through puberty. Playing many different sports is probably the best way to develop general athletic skills at age 12.

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    Anonymous said 1 week ago

    Quoting: JohnStuartHobbes
    "He's only in grade 7 right? I don't know how effectively someone can actually train at that age (or even if it's healthy to focus on running specific training). Beginning to focus on running too early is not considered the best for childrens' development. I have never in my life come across training plans for children of that age. Most boys at that age haven't even gone through puberty. Playing many different sports is probably the best way to develop general athletic skills at age 12."



    Agreed 100%. Most good knowledgeable track and field clubs will encourage only 'seasonal' participation in track (spring/summer only, about 12-14 weeks long), along wth a short ~8 week cross country season in the fall, where such opportunities exist for ages 9-14/15. But participation in soccer, court sports, swimming, climbing, etc, is also encouraged by these clubs up through the ages of 14-16. At around age 16 they may start to pull back and drop to maybe 2 sports, or narrow their focus to specific track and/or field events. Multi-sport athletes are often performing better in track and field at the university level, simply because their overall athleticism has been better developed as children/youth, AND also because they have not been overtrained by specializing in single sports (including track/field) too early.

    What is too early ? In general anything younger than 15-16, for both boys and girls.
    The dark side of track is there is always some coach somewhere willing to take your $$ and tell you that they can make your Johhny or Jill the best athlete if they just train with them, or join their academy etc, etc. Often they have 1 or 2 outliers who are simply early developers at ages 14-15 who are beating the other kids. They point to these kids as 'proof' that their system works. At ages 16-19 this advantage often disappears as maturation levels even out.

    My advice ? Don't make the mistake of many parents and fall for the short sighted coaches with the early achievers. Think about the long term; nobody (especially good college coaches) gives a rat's butt about what a kid did at age 12 or even 14. They want resilient, injury free athletes at ages 18-20 with talent but still room for improvement. That makes those athletes attractive to their programs, plus the kids are usually happier too.

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    RomaRoma said 5 days ago

    Thank-you last few posters - very helpful advice. Any thoughts on if tapering is at all required for a 3km race and how much early should it start?

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    anonymous said 4 days ago

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    "Thank-you last few posters - very helpful advice. Any thoughts on if tapering is at all required for a 3km race and how much early should it start?"


    depends on the event tapering for. for a mid-season divisional or similar race, no taper. Championship, gotta taper 3-4 week minimum. feeling good and fresh has arguably more benefit than training result

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    Anonymous said 4 days ago

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    "depends on the event tapering for. for a mid-season divisional or similar race, no taper. Championship, gotta taper 3-4 week minimum. feeling good and fresh has arguably more benefit than training result"


    Taper 3 to 4 weeks ahead? Whole season is only 8 with 3 weeks of races. What do you mean by tapering exactly?

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    anonymous said 4 days ago

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    "Taper 3 to 4 weeks ahead? Whole season is only 8 with 3 weeks of races. What do you mean by tapering exactly?"



    starting with those 10x400 repeats weekly taking off on rep and bumping up pace per rep by 1 sec

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