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anonymous Div I runner
RE: She was once a runner
well, kudos to Danielle ,or whoever, for an incredible piece of writing. English major??
In any case, I love reading it and it doesn't sound too off the mark, sadly.
When I ran in college I was lucky to have a very different experience! But, I also ran at a smaller, not known for running, Div I school. My coach was great overall.
The previous coach at my school, however....Horror stories. From what I heard (from older teammates) he publicly measured everyone's bodyfat a few times. Then, he nagged his star runner every single day about her weight until she became so anorexic she could not run at all. (What's sad is that she was running really well - injury-free and improving every season - before he started really bothering her about losing weight! She just had a stockier build than your average distance runner.) By track season of her senior year she was skeletal, lanuga and everything. When team members expressed concerns to the coach he told them to butt out. Finally, the trainers intervened and took her out of competition.
Somehow my coach managed to produce good results without being abusive. He wasn't the best recruiter, so we weren't the best at our game, but most of us saw great improvement in our times. We still had eating disorder issues on our team, but nothing too severe. Our coach did his best to address the issues (mainly by Listening to concerns from team members, NOT supporting disordered eating, monitoring the athletes in question, making referrals to nutritionists/therapists). Weight issues (over- or under-) were handled that way in general: referral to professionals - as they should be! And we had nutritionists talk to our team on more than one occasion.
The only parts of the blog I really relate to from my personal experience are 1) the coaches not talking to us after our team raced poorly. (After one race, they actually sat in the airport scowling, ignoring the whole team: men and women.) 2) The money lectures - There were a few and 3) eating disorders of course (though NOT encouraged by coaching staff and handled appropriately).
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