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|Subject: ||RE: How many failed college runners make a comeback?|
It is not really a huge comeback from a great high school career, but I will share my 'comeback'. . .
My sophomore year of high school, cross country was going well - I won a number of my first races; nothing too fast, but 17:30 or so on relatively little training. Then I got hurt, and just did not really get better (knee injury).
The rest of high school, I didn't even break 5 minutes for a 1600. I managed about 10:20 for a 3200, but didn't ever have the speed to run much faster in a 1600.
In college, I ran about 4:40 my freshman year - which was a huge drop in time for me, but still nothing special. I gradually worked my way down to a 4:20 mile by my 4th year, and had a fifth year to do indoors again.
I trained like crazy, determined to get as close to 4 flat as possible - 100 mpw, 110 mpw, even 130 mpw. Then I got hurt - I still ran, but it was slower than before.
In all of 2010 and 2011, I did not PR at any distance. That was tough. Whenever I seemed close to a breakthrough, I would get hurt; coming painfully close to my best shape ever, only to have to start over a couple months later.
This spring, I have taken a longer term approach. I am still training hard, just about at focused as I have ever been. But I know I probably won't run 4 flat for a mile this year - and probably not next year. But after that, I have a chance, as long as I believe.
Just a few days ago, I ran 3:59 for a 1500 - my first PR in two and a half years.
It is worth it! Even if I don't run any faster, it is worth it - knowing I went for it.
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