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Yesterday my sons had their first day of running at track practice. My younger son had the option of running indoors. My older son's workout? A 5k at 6:00 Pace. No warmup jog, just go out and run a 5k as fast as you can.<br><br>
Anyone ever hear of aerobic training? Building a base? Good Grief! I bit my tongue extremely hard.
 

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That's awful.....what a way to get an injury!<br>
Are you going to speak to the coach?<br><br>
Susan
 

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Bty - hello team mate. In high school we always did a time trial to see where we were at. Our coach expected us to be in relatively good shape when we came to practice. But would never do a time trial without warmup and stretching. Is the coach relatively new or new to the sport? I'm guessing your son is h.s. or middle school. Probably less hard on him than us.<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Riley - Yes, currently planning how to do so tactfully.<br><br>
ksrunr - Apparently she is new to the team but not new to coaching track. Yes, DS#1 is a sophomore in his first year of T&F. He has done nothing all winter except play Halo. <img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif">
 

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Had similar issues with Cross Country last season. No recovery runs, everything as hard as they can. 4 of the top 7 finished the year on the DL. Some of these guys put ego and ignorance ahead of the kids health. My son did well because he was year round trained but some of these other kids just didnt fare as well.
 

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Painful as this is to see, it's not unusual. You get lots of "coaches" who are just not deep into the physiology of training. I hope you do talk to the coach, and be tactful. Maybe there is a way you can help. Good luck. Spareribs
 

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Sounds like my oldest! He does soccer practice once a week--when it's not canceled due to gym time conflicts. I think he's gonna be hurtin' when they start doing sprints outside... But at least I know they'll warm up first!
 

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get involved...it's the only way to help prevent injuries...<br><br>
and expect that there will not be any changes, so prepare your son to do what's needed regarding warmup/cooldown on his own...<br><br>
GL
 

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I think it's a common problem..... our local HS coach doesn't really teach base building or how to prepare for key races.
 

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...all of our Track Coaches were Football Coaches in Disguise......<br><br>
...maybe they don't know any better......
 

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I was wondering if the track & field couch is a "real" coach or a volunteer. If the person hasn't been properly trained in exercise physiology, they could really mess up the kids! If things don't improve, perhaps you may need to speak to the principal or dean or whomever's in charge.<br><br>
Good luck, Susan
 

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Riley - I'm not sure. I coached the same team from 1987 through the early 90's. The current Athletic Director was my assistant coach for one season. I could talk to him. Problem is, I got fed up when I was a coach there because parents would complain about my coaching techniques (I wasn't "pushing them hard enough"...) rather than coming to me. I have a good repoire with the Modified XC coach, whom I thought was going to be the distance coach, but apparently has a different assignment on this team.<br><br>
I'm thinking of starting to run early in the morning so that the boys and I can get out for some easy runs to counter the hard stuff and teach them about the joy of running. This is gonna burn'em out.
 

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oops
 

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Actually, I think that I may be paying a penance, visited unto the next generation, for my indiscretions as a young track coach 20 years ago. But I never did anything this stoopid.<br>
I don't think.<br>
Not as a coach.<br>
Never mind.<br><br>
It's ok tomwhite. If I ever found you, I know you'd be armed with HH's...the runner's version of brass knuckles.
 

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I feel a little bit better today. Day 2 of practice for DS#1 was a "conversational pace" 4.6 miler. Still a bit long, I feel, for his current condition, but at least they seem to be going with a hard/easy alternation. (Hopefully it'll be hard/easy/easy/easy/easy/easy for a while...)<br><br>
Day #2 for DS#2 was a 6-mile easy run. Seems pretty far for a first year 8th grader, but he said he really liked it.<br><br>
bty
 

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Wow BTR, your son did a great job! Larry
 
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