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|Subject: ||RE: Training youth boys???|
Curious Running Father wrote:
I am curious as to what the general consensus of boys youth training. I understand with girls it has pretty much been proven that running from a young age is a recipe for burnout. My son is a 6th grader( 12 years old) and has recently started running. He has never run a timed mile but was able to do a 5 mile run with me at about 7-7:15 pace with minimal stopping. He is a competitive swimmer and plays soccer which has made him more aerobically fit than most kids his age. Can boys start running light mileage ate a younger age than girls or is it wise to still take a conservative approach?
I also have a son in 6th grade (11) who has done minimal running training (though more than your son). One thing you haven't said is whether your son LIKES to run or not. That's the biggest thing I think. My son LOVES it and I've had to hold him back. Beginning June 1 though (he'll be 12 by then), I will allow him to run 5 days a week as he begins to prepare for his first cross country season in the fall. They run 2 miles in middle school CC here in Ohio, so I'll let him work up to a long run of about 5 miles (we've got a 1.2 mile loop that I might let him run 4 times for 4.8 miles), but then that's where I'll cut him off. I think that level of running is appropriate for someone who likes it. I would never force him to do it.
My daughter (who is now in high school) ran for the same middle school coach my son will run for, and he had them run only 2 miles a day. Seems pretty tame. I think they could have run more actually. Now that she's in high school, she ran ~40 MPW in the fall, and the upperclassmen run 60+ MPW.
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