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CollegeCoach
RE: new coach crushing my kid
Concerned Parent: You are correct, junior track times are VERY important in terms of the recruiting process - the most important season of you HS career. You are also correct, 4 track workouts a week + 1 race is not advisable. I always error on the side of slightly undertrained and fresh if there is a question as to whether something is too much. I am not sure how you rectify that as most coaches have egos and may not be receptive to constructive advice. Maybe set up a one on one meeting with the coach and start the conversation this way: I cannot imagine how difficult it is to coach 60+ young adults of various abilities and commitment levels. I want you to know I am new to the area and you have my support as you have a very difficult job. I wanted to give you some background on (insert your daughters name here) and what has been successful for her in her past training as we both want her to excel and help the team as best as she can..... and then you go on respectively about prior training that works for her (avoid using her prior coach did this etc.) Hopefully her prior training looked like:
2 track workouts a week
3 easy/recovery days with 2 of those days finishing w/ 6 80M strides
Long run or a track meet on the weekend
a day off
Another thing that caught my attention is she has two older brothers who were successful runners. This leads me to believe she has been a runner for several years (she did not start her freshman year - just a guess) So, she may have peaked her sophomore year due to starting at an earlier age? I see this a lot in recruiting HS female distance runners (maybe as many as 40% run their PR's their 9th and 10th grade years) whereas the boys continue to improve throughout HS for the most part. This maybe the case? May not. Regardless, in terms of training, fresh and well trained (not over trained) will yield the best results in my opinion. I wish you and your daughter all the best.

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