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Hi, I'm a 13 year old

Answered By Mick Grant & John Molvar

Question

Hi, I am a 13 year old middle school runner and I just finished reading your book "The Youth And Teen Running Encyclopedia." My first XC meet of the season is in two weeks. My schedule is 6 3k races (one per week), including the district championship and an invitational, both of which are at the end of the season and are the two races I'd like to peak for. My current 3k PR is 10:27. So, should I treat maybe the first 1 or 2 races of the season as Tempo Runs and run the last 4 or 5 all out; or should I take a risk and run all out in all of the races? Would running all of them at race pace make my anaerobic/race phase too long? Also, I've only been seriously into running for a few months. I knew I was good at running before that, but I only started training daily in early June. Therefore, should I even be doing anaerobic interval training at all? Is it too early in my serious running career to be doing intense workouts like that? According to your book, I'm old enough, and I feel like I definitely have enough endurance for them, but I'm just not sure if I have enough experience to do them safely. Thanks in advance! Lisandro

Answer

Lisandro, Thank you for writing. Since you have only been running for about 3 months, I wouldn't recommend anaerobic interval training, even though you have run well already. Maybe use the first 2 races as tempos and race the last 4. Build Base, Learn Pace, Execute Race Thank you for reading our book. You can reach us on twitter @FunFirstCoach Mick

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