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We are interested in training for our daughter

Answered By Mick Grant & John Molvar


We are interested in obtaining formal training for our 8 yr old. She would like to be trained to run because she says she loves running!


I think the best thing is to find a respected local running club and let her run with other kids. You want a club with a proven record of LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT (as opposed to racing all the time). No idea if she is a sprinter or distance type. Generally, kids that age should do a small amount of distance running, to develop a love of running. For track racing, I think it is better to have young kids learn to race sprints, so develop speed, while they gradually get stronger. As they get stronger, you can gradually move up in race distance. For road racing, I wouldn't have young kids race longer than a mile. For xc, I'd only let 9-10 kids race 3k if they are ready. Racing kids who aren't ready could drive them away from the sport. Rule 1 Have Fun Rule 2 Stay Healthy Following these rules is MUCH more difficult than it sounds. If you don't follow these rules, the child won't be running for long. ALSO check out Mick and John's book The Youth and Teen Running Encylopedia at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Youth%20and%20Teen%20Running%20Encyclopedia