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Poster: Rob M
Subject: RE: Any other college runners feel like they race every morning????
I obviously know nothing of you or your college program other than what you have provided above, so please take my advice with a grain of salt. Assuming your coach actually mandates that you run every single run no slower than 1 minute off of race pace, then I have some words of wisdom for you: 1) no, most other programs (in a very general sense) do not subscribe to this; and 2) your coach is sadly mistaken. I always have to laugh at the coaches that have one rigid way of doing things and do not tailor to individual needs. Everyone is different, and some athletes may very well thrive under such a program but others, such as yourself need to "take 'er easy" every once in a while. In my humble opinion, you should talk to your coach and tell him that your morning run pace is killing you and is not allowing proper recovery. Assuming he/she is a resonable individual, he/she will likely accomodate your request. It's not like you are trying to get out of a workout--you just are asking to do it a little slower so that you aren't dragging ass on the more difficult workouts.
If he/she is absolutely inflexible, tell him to call up Rob M. I'll set them straight (kidding, of course).
Best of luck.
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