I am very conflicted with my coaching situation as of right now. Without seeming too self righteous, I am a medium sized fish in a small pond. I run about 16:50 for 5K and the fastest guy behind me is about 18:30. I am a rising sophomore. Under my first coach, Pat, I ran all of my best times and became my schools first all-region finisher in ten years. He also led an 8th grade female to break the HS school record set by a senior. However, it was just me and her bringing in good times. Everyone else slacked off and/or didn't care. Anyways, the AD wanted more numbers, so he fired my coach and hired two totally unqualified coaches in the building. these women have no experience whatsoever. they are merely weekend joggers. anyways, one of the new coaches believes in absolutely no individual training. she believes i should be doing the exact same thing that her 25min. 5K guy should be doing. She calls easy runs "tempos" and she has the group doing 3 interval workouts a week. So, I decided to continue training with my previous coach because he has a training group of a few sub-elite runners including himself all of which he coaches. But this has caused a major conflict between me and the new coach, which has further led to her talking about me behind my back to my teachers and to all of the other coaches. i just cannot see running with the team during the season working out. i know what it will take to make me faster, and she won't even budge. she has made me dread coming to practice. i tried to at least be there on easy days to be a part of the team but it just does not work out. I want to run cross country, but i can't run under her. i enjoy running with the group i am with now, and when i train with the team and her i dread it. i want to enjoy running and be happy, regardless if i have to be a part of the HS team or not. should
i just train with my current group and run road races and possibly footlocker? that would be my preference. i believe i could be in 16:00 shape by the end of my training cycles.