Age 17 male - running seriously for last 1.5 years. 5’5” / 135 lbs but very strong, muscular. Can deadlift 4 sets of 5 reps at 270 lbs. has solid running form, pretty efficient, very arrobially talented. He can easily run mileage at 6:30s with a low heart rate.
400: 63.9 - 64.5 (always on relays)
Best 200 in practice is somewhere around 30 seconds. Might be able to crack 30.
For the last 1.5 years he has run good mileage, progressing nicely to sound 45 per week. Runs quality long runs, and we’ve done some form of 10 second hill sprints, flying 40s, hard 100s on the track, with full rest, probably 45 weeks of the year, plus strides on several other days. He thrives on tempo runs, progressions, and breaks down from intervals. He is muscular and strong in the lower body yet he can’t sprint faster to save his life. When he do hill sprints he says he “feels nothing”. He can’t get up to speed most likely. My next idea is just to extend the length of his “sprints” to 200s on the track (or 40 seconds up a hill) all out, with full rest to see if that works.
Any thoughts on how to break an athlete through? I’ve read and researched a lot and tried the things that have worked for others (and has led to breakthroughs for many of our other athletes) but not this one.