Getting Slower Instead of Faster
(Huntington Beach, CA, USA)
I am a female high school runner. As a high school freshman I ran a 5:20 mile. As a sophomore I ran a 5:11 mile. My junior year I was sideline due to a growth spurt.
Now as a senior the best I can do is a 5:28 mile. Is it over for me? Did I peak too soon?
I am about 5 inches taller than when I was a freshman and have had 2 stress fractures along the way.
I am fully healed and have trained hard for the last three months, but my times are bad.
Any ideas?Answer by Dominique:
Thanks for your question about your speed.
I would not worry too much yet.
As you write you have been growing and you have been battling injuries.
Growth takes a lot of energy out of you and can cause slow down, for a while.
And it does take a while to get back into top shape after a year of sitting still. Three months of hard training is good, but you probably need a little bit more consistency and more months of training.
You might just find that your breakthrough is around the corner!
Best of luck.
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