no fun zone wrote:
I don't know if the higher mileage stuff is a "should or can" issue as much as it is Do They Want To issue. Prescribing and making a younger kid do the higher mileage seems like a great way to turn a fun after school activity into pure drudgery and work. Just slogging away counting miles, also it's darned time consuming, time that could be spent in a thousand other productive ways.
IF the kid really LIKES that, then yeah, they won't see it as drudgery and work, they will see it as they are GETTING to go running more, not HAVING to go get in that second 5 miler of the day.
If I were a parent I'd be pretty hesitant to have my kid spending that much time and effort on a sport. I LOVE running, love road races, track meets, and XC, but most kids are going to run in HS and that's it. I would hate for them to look back on HS and their only memories are of running a billion miles.
No doubt. There about two kids in each state that would be interested in grinding out high mileage like that.
The first 3 years of HS I was obsessive about my running. I pretty much ignored most HS stuff like dances, football games, and all that because I wanted to be rested for the meet or I was recovering from a meet. Then my senior year I got the double whammy of a knee injury and then I got really sick. I couldn't run due to illness, but I did "discover" HS and started actually having some fun, making friends that weren't on the team, even dating a few girls.
I have to say that it made me mad that I allowed myself to care so much about something that has suddenly became obvious to me was so fleeting as running fast.
All it took was a tweaked knee and a bad bout of mono and everything I worked for was gone. I felt like a dang fool for caring about the sport. I felt like I had been used by my coach. I was a mess. I had some real resentment about the time, effort, and energy I had poured into XC & track.
I would HATE to see other kids go through that. I'm sure my parents tried to tamp down my efforts, but as a teenager I was not about balance, I bought into the ALL In mentality and I suffered for it.