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Running the 1600

Answered By Mick Grant & John Molvar


I am in 8th grade, and I have just started my first year of track. I am a horrible sprinter, so I decided to maybe do the 800m. When I signed up for what events I wanted to do, I put the 800 down. The coaches did not end up giving me the 800, they gave me 1600. I am really nervous about it because on the first day of practice I ran a mile in almost 7 minnutes. Do you have any tips for me?


Developing as a runner is a long term process. be patient and have fun getting in shape. don't worry about this year. Enjoy your running, run just about every day and you'll run fast when your body is ready.