I got one for you.
What's an appropriate training plan for an 8th grader running cross country?
Understanding that is a very general question here are some specifics about that kid:
First year running was last year as a 7th grader. No previous experience or training. Good athlete- played a lot of baseball and basketball, decided to try running last year. This year was pulled up to Varsity XC squad as an 8th grader, did the summer running program and seemed to have a successful season and avoided injury. Runs highly competitive races in a competitive section and State.
Here is a partial list of times:
First season running: Modified XC 2017:
These races ranged from 1.5-1.7 miles.
8:32.0 - 4th
Modified Track 2017- Ran in 6 total meets and won all 12 races (ran the 800M and 1500M in each)- here are some of the times:
800M- 2:15.78- 1st
1500- 4:46.36- 1st
800M- 2:21.91- 1st
1500M- 4:38.6- 1st
800M- 2:27.62- 1st
1500M- 4:38.27- 1st
4:38 time in 1500 (ran that 3 times) qualified him for USATF event in NC for 13-14 yr olds.
Varsity XC- 2018:
17:41.3- 10th- 3.1 Miles
16.06- 21st- 2.95 miles
16.10- 72nd- 2.95 miles
17:51.2- 18th- 3.1 Miles
State Qualies-17:20.8 - 8th- 3.1 Miles
States- 17:34.4- 65th- 3.1 Miles
Ended the season with 160 Speed Rating as an 8th grader.
Qualified for States in large school division- only 8th grader to qualify in one of the stronger XC States. Placed 65th. Won 8th grader runner of the year for that State.
Will run Varsity track this coming season.