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Last Minute Training for the 3200

I am an 11 year old boy.
I have been training for the 800m during this spring's track season. Recently I was asked to run in a 3200 metres race. To qualify I had to run 7 laps in under 12 minutes, which I did. I finished in 11:30. Now I have one week to train for this race.

Could you please help me with some ideas. My lap times were about 1:38-1:40, I would like to get it down to about 1:30. I know I haven't got a lot of time, but anything that you could suggest would be great!

Answer by Dominique:

Thanks for your question young man.
I do not want discourage you, but unfortunately there are not many quick fixes in life. Your current fitness sounds pretty awesome and that means that shaving 70-80 seconds of your goal time would require at least a few months, possibly a year of good training.

You have done well in your qualifying race. You cannot change anything in the last week. Just maintain your current training as it is and just enjoy the race. A race often brings out that little extra in many people. Maybe you will run faster than you have done in your qualifier.
I hope you will do well.

Best of luck and do not stress too much about it. It is a great result to qualify for such a long race if you have been training for a much shorter distance. Just enjoy your running...

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Aug 27, 2008
no more last minute training!
by: Brooks

Thanks for your reply last spring.
Now that I have more time... in preparation for the same 3200m race that will take place in May 2009, could you recommend a training routine for me. I have access to a small indoor track and a tread mill for winter training. I have been working out all summer-trying to do some circuit training and some running.
I would like to get my time down to at least 1:30 per lap.
Remember, I am 11 years old.


Sep 09, 2008
Pretty tough question
by: Dominique

Hi Brooks,
Thanks for your additional question.
I am sorry in advance that I am not going to be much help, but I don't feel qualified to answer your question. When I started answering questions on my site I decided on a few basic rules for myself, one of of them is to never provide detailed advice to young runners.

Not to annoy you, but because I don't want to make a mistake and have your parents come after me with a vengeance....
In the next year, if you haven't started already, you might suddenly start growing which might require some adjustments of your expectations....
Now that you have taken up this interest in running, you might be overdoing it and get yourself injured...

Lots of complications there which I need to avoid. However, I can advise you to read through the articles in my running training section and pick up a book like Daniel's Running Formula. The latter contains a pretty well defined general running program template for a 3,200m race.

Hope this helps.
Kind regards,
Dominique (website owner)

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