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RE: The Summer of Greatness is Here - Episode 1 Get Off Your Ass This Summer
This is an appreciation post for Weldon and Robert for creating a "high school" forum. Three years ago I was a naive yet physically talented eight grader who caught the eye of my jr high track coach during pe class. He thought it to be a good idea for me to run for their team in the spring so I tried it and the very first meet I pulled off a decent mile 5:30? but hated it. I hated the pain that came with it (ran a 68 first lap). I'd much rather have been training for the summer baseball season in all honesty. He came up to me after the race all excited and thrilled but I was ready to never step foot on a track again. He told me the winner of that race didn't break 5 minutes and that by the end of the season I could win our conference championships.

Nevertheless I had no idea how I could possibly run faster (I literally died that third lap) but I was somewhat curious and googled 'tips to run a faster mile' and that somehow led me to letsrun. By the end of the year I didn't break 5 (placed third 5:07) or win the conference champs (4:57) but I really liked running and thought maybe I'd consider the high school team next spring. Later I was on my computer again and noticed the letsrun tab was still open and looking around in it I saw a forum labeled high school training and I thought it crazy to have a whole section devoted to it but I saw the threads about summer training and silly kids' posting their times and cross country placings and that got me thinking hey why not me too!

Eventually I came across some SOM and other Malmo threads and did my own version of it and had major success trying cross country (loved the competition and dedicatioin required). So as it goes I skipped basketball season and ran track and before I know it I was a serious runner without even really knowing it.

Back to now, I would like to voice my appreciations for the interest in high school students and seeing they become better. I definitely wouldn't have become what I am now (15min 5k runner went to FL this winter)

Basically keep up the good work and reaching out to adolescences.

I've never posted on here before and probably won't again but I still visit these forums often.

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