Most kids who are better than me at cross country are either taller than me and the same/less weight, or as tall/ shorter and weigh less.
I see hs freshmen running 16:20s. I'd love to be that fast but I'm probably carrying 40 lbs more than them. And I'm not as naturally talented. Distances above 800 have always been a relative struggle.
My question is whether I would benefit from losing 10-15lbs, or if it's genetic and I am meant to be bigger than other runners. Would it hurt me to be 10lbs less than my body seems to balance out at naturally?