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Subject: What is wrong with my runner?
I'm an assistant coach for a XC and Track and Field team this year and one kid in particular has piqued my attention. He started the XC season as number 2 varsity (quite slower than number 1, but he was only a first year guy). This was before any races, on 5 mile runs he would come back right after our fast guy, and likewise, in repeats he would finish with the rest of the fast guys (He said he ran 600 miles over the summer and got a strong aerobic base). Less than a week into our training, though, he started getting beaten by some guys who he had beaten the day before. By our first race he was the #10 on the team, and by the last he was #17. At first, I was sure he overtrained, as he still went hard on the "easy" days, but after putting in 600 miles between XC and track he was still slower than the guys who he had been capable of beating months before.
This kid is the nicest guy in the world, a great team player, and he tries just as hard as the rest of varsity. I've been watching him for some time now and seriously can't figure out what his problem is. He talked to me last week about this and I hate not being able to give him a straight answer.
Coaches, have you ever had runners fade like crazy like this? Why did it happen? Thanks.
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