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Dr. Pepper
RE: new coach crushing my kid
Is the coach trying to manage large numbers by himself? If so, try to volunteer or get your spouse to volunteer. Some coaches can only manage small groups, especially if they don't know what they're doing or can't plan. If the coach is overwhelmed they will appreciate an extra set of eyes. Large numbers and very little planning equals everyone on the track, especially in the winter.

Sneak in extra mileage. Get to practice early and start warming up before everybody else. You can get in 1.5 miles while everyone else is messing around. Long cooldowns - coach is trying to manage everyone else, your daughter is just doing easy running.

Just because you are on the track doesn't mean the workout is meant to be hard or that your daughter is blasting all the time! 8*400 at mile pace with 400 easy jog, for example, is not crazy hard. Your daughter needs to stay under control to survive. Research the Igloi system and learn about how 400 types are trained with easy tempos on the track. Easy tempo for a sprinter is totally different than a "tempo" run. 20*100 @ 60% with 20 seconds rest is a recovery day.

You have the weekend to recover and get in easy mileage to recover. If Friday's workout was easy and your daughter is feeling okay, Saturday would be a great time to get in a nice progression run.

Do what you can to help, work within the system, don't treat every track day like a race.

Merry Christmas

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