Here's another one:
Thank you so much for describing your running experiences in such a great piece as your one about the difference in training from college to now. I am a horrible runner at a small school in ***** and a lot of this was actually very inspiring to me. By no means have I ever been as successful as you with running in high school or college. Currently I am a senior captain but am hurt for the millionth time in a career that has never had great consistency or performances. I now have less than a month until our conference meet and the possibility of me even running in that race is very small. However, I have also been giving a lot of thought to doing volunteer work in **** next year and have looked forward to getting in some consistent, relaxed training on soft surfaces (not too many trails in ****).
This article is really useful to me because I have never in 4 years of college felt as fast as I was in high school, which then was mediocre at best. Reading the article was a humbling experience, because I noticed many of your problems in college mirroring some of the mistakes that I have made in training as well. I agree that many college runners do think about how one workout or race will make or break them; I know everyone on my team does for sure. But it is so difficult for all of us to realize the importance of the essnetials in an aerobic sport such as volume and consistency of training, pace, and sleep. Four years has definitely flown by for me, especially regarding cross country, but in the grand scheme of things, at 21 I have tons of years to improve as a runner. Ed Whitlock is great proof of this.
So, in conclusion, it's difficult to possibly accept that i may end college with not much of an impact on my team as a runner, but I wanted to thank you for reminding me to approach running with the mindset that I started it with: that I love to do it. Hopefully with patience, diligency, and good health, I may see some changes in my situation if I can follow your advice.
Again, thank you for sharing your wisdom,