Daughter Wants to Train for the 800m / 1500m
Any advise for a young athlete who wants to train for the 800m and 1500m?
I really appreciate your help with this request.
Answer by Dominique:
I find it extremely difficult to answer questions about running for younger children, with the simple reason that I don't want anyone to get injured due to me.
With adults I expect them to be able to "listen to their own bodies", with children it is often left to others to take care of that. I basically can't be careful enough.
I would hope that in Toronto you'd be able to find a good athletics club with great youth coaches that can monitor your daughter and help her develop her running much better than I can from a distance.
I can give some rules for 800m/1500m runners in general.
The 800m and 1500m are tough races because it is too long for a straight out sprint, but way too short to run at a comfortable speed.
General running training for these distances should include:
* Some easy running
, although it is a lot less important than for the longer distances.
* Some tempo running
which will help to increase the lactate acid threshold.
, plenty of intervals, e.g. 5 x 400m, 3 x 800m, 3 x 1000m with recovery jogs in between.
* Shorter repetition runs, e.g. 200m repetitions with full recovery in between. In those runs it is not about speed, but about form, quick turnover of the legs, etc.
* Cross training
. Especially when kids are developing and growing it is good to not focus all the energy on just one area (running/the legs).
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I hope this helps a little bit.