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RE: The Summer of Greatness is Here - Episode 1 Get Off Your Ass This Summer
I had a similar case of not reaching my potential in high school. For me though, I had an ok, but not great coach and we had no team commraderie. Just about no one on the team besides myself would train outside of practice. My coach didn't really give us any advice on summer running other than, just do some running, and "I'll know who's been running over the summer by what you can do in August". Needless to say, I had no one to train with. All the top athletes at the school did football or soccer anyways. I got training advice from runners world which suggested 40 miles a week was the start of "high mileage" and that only marathoners really ran more than that. That's what I did summer before sophmore year of high school, 40 miles a week, over the same course every day. Five 6 mile runs and a 10 mile long run, rarely picking up the pace. Unsurprisingly I was getting bored with running, and almost quit. By senior year I'd varied my courses some but not much as I didn't have a car, but because I considered myself injury prone I was only doing 60-65 miles a week. I didn't even realize doubles were a thing until about that time and thought they were only for top runners. God I held myself back so much.
Summer is for exploring, figure out where those trails go, where that random path in the woods goes, what's in that neighborhood. Vary your runs, run different paces, do summer of malmo. In hs I remember everyone told me I was crazy to run so much; today I'd tell a hs upperclassman he'd be crazy to run so little. People told me I wouldn't improve that much, that running in college would be a waste of time and I should focus on academics. What baloney. Go crazy, dare to be great. I'd take the midpacker who sets a goal of winning state over the steady performer who was all state last year, but has no long term goals of running in college or after college every time. Dare to be great.
This summer I'm making it my goal to get back up to 140 miles a week. I'm going to make running the number 1 priority when I'm outside work.
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