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[15 Jan 2012|11:10pm]

I need some advice. Okay, so I want to join track, but I am so shy and our team is so good I don't want to embarrass myself and be really bad. It doesn't help that the coach is my teacher. Should I ask him about Track/Feild & Cross Country?
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Starting Back! [24 Feb 2010|02:35am]

I was a dedicated runner throughout my high school career and throughout my first season running for North Georgia (I know; not too impressive), however after some dealings with the NCAA, I quit running for the school. I haven't been running much since last October. I started training again around two weeks ago and I'm hopefully going to race a 5k again on March 20th.

Anyone else out there trying to get back on their feet? Excited about track season?
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Death? [23 Feb 2010|09:19pm]

This group seems pretty dead? I'm a new member. Is anyone still here?
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worlds in berlin [15 Aug 2009|06:12pm]

did anyone watch day one of track and field in berlin today??
sanya richards looked so easy in her heat for the 400
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Stay Motivated! Lap Counting Made Simple [15 Apr 2009|11:57am]

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The Road to Nationals [05 Mar 2009|11:29pm]

[ mood | determined ]

Hey all,
     I wrote a couple of weeks back feeling kinda down and for the most part downtrotten and was ready to quit. Well alot has changed since then and with a couple of friends who wouldn't let me give up and some of u guys from livejournal who gave me advice about my frustration with track and being an athlete, i'm proud to say that now i'am on my way to the NCAA track and field national championships!! It's been a long season, full of ups and downs and not to sound so cliche' but with all of the negative things that got me down litterally made me a stronger person both physically and mentally. I feel that i'm capable of doing anything now. As being one of the top high jumpers in the country as of today, i can say that without the help of my teammates and my family and once again u guys that commented on my last entry, i wouldn't be able to pick myself up and brush myself off. Fot that i'am completly greatful. As i get myself ready for nationals next weekend, i pray that i keep myself focused and determined and above all ready for anything to happen. i'm ready for the road to nationals...are you?

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trying to keep focused and my head in the game [13 Feb 2009|07:48pm]

[ mood | drained ]

Hey everyone...i'm not really writing anything of relevance...i don't think...just need a place to vent. I'm kinda down because i'm an athlete and my coach just keeps getting on me about stuff that i can't really change or i'm trying to change and it's still not good enough. We have a big meet coming up next weekend and i feel like he doesn't think that i will be able to pull off what i know i can which is a great jump(by the way for anyone who is reading this or for anyone that cares i'm a high jumper).  It's kinda hard to keep motivating yourself when you feel like your own coach has lost faith in you. I don't know if anyone would have a solution to my little problem but if anyone has an opinion i'am open ears lol. I'm trying my hardest and i'm trying to keep myself determined and ready to go but after a point when do you stop? When is it enough? There is going to come a time unfortunately when motivating myself and telling myself to hang in there is going to be a thing of the past. Anyone out there have any suggestions on how to keep my mind focused and back in the game? I'm totally open to new ideas!

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Motivational Drop... [08 Feb 2009|12:53am]

I've been running great for 3 weeks or so. My coach said I was at my best in 4 years. Finally, that means I'm better than I was in 9th grade. :P I worked so hard. It was like there was a mechanism in me that prevented me from not getting my time for every single lap. I ran a 5km tempo faster than I've ever run a 5km race... It was just great, I was soaring.

Then the exams came, and I missed two work outs. A few days later, my father passed away, and I missed two more work outs. Now that I'm back, that lovely mechanism is just gone. I can't tell if I lost it because I didn't train much in the past two weeks or if it's just in my head. But I think it's the second. Nonetheless, it sucks. I did a rep work out on wednesday (200, 400, 800, 1200, 1200, 800, 400, 200). And I was 14 and 13 seconds late in my 1200. Today, I was supposed to run a 5km tempo in 22 minutes and 5 seconds. I finished in 23 minutes and 8 seconds. And I think I finished 200 meters early.

I'm beyond disapointed, and my next competition is next weekend. I feel like I don't have the chance to get back, and I'm pretty discouraged at this time.

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[24 Jan 2009|06:55pm]

It has been quite some time since I've posted on here, but much has happened (both good and bad) athletically.

I ran for the University of Arizona for '07-'08 season, but experienced a lot of problems which seriously messed up any chances of actually competing/training well. I had a pretty large tumor right under my ribcage, which I didn't even discover until I began experience intense bursts of pain in my side. They operated rather early in the season (October), but it took a while to even get back into any kind of shape. That whole situation also really knocked my confidence, so the training I did get in was lackluster and half-assed, which was perpetuated by the coach's wise decision to redshirt me. On top of that, I got stress fractures in both my feet, so triple and long jumping were out of the question.

Naturally, I became really negative and unmotivated, and ended up telling the coach that I thought that I was done with track. That was one of the hardest decisions I've made, because I was, in a sense, deferring my own dreams. But, as many point out, once you catch the track bug, you never really quit.

So after wallowing in self-pity for a couple of weeks, I get a call from my old high school coach, asking if I was available so that I could be the jumps coach. I agreed, after mulling the decision over for a while, and it turned out to be an amazing experience. I ended up coaching 9 long and triple jumpers to state, while helping them to break 5 school records. I then went on to coach for my club track team (the team that really got me started), and coached 3 kids to the Junior Olympic National Championships in Nebraska.

Needless to say, being immersed once more into the track and field world made me want to kick start my own career again. Instead of going back to the University of Arizona, I decided to go the Junior College route, which has proved to be a blessing. I was apprehensive at first, 'cause it was a fledgling program with not a lot of experienced coaches, but my fears were quickly dispelled (with the help of some scholarship money) once things got under way.

I have now reached a whole new level of athleticism and training, with only the nagging stress fractures and some stubborn patellar tendonitis to give me anything to be negative about. My first meet was a couple of weeks ago, and I was utterly surprised by what I achieved:

60m - 6.92
Long Jump - 24'1 1/4" from a short approach

Anyway, I pumped for the next meet in early February, and the beginning of the Outdoor season in March!

Good luck to everyone with their season!
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Pole Vault [24 Jan 2009|01:25pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

I'll be trying out for pole vaulting in two weeks. My spanish teacher, also a track and field coach, was recruiting and no one was speaking up, so I asked him about joining. He was glad to hear my enthusiasm. I'm pretty excited and scheduled my physical as soon as I got back from school. Well, I can't wait to try out and hopefully make it!

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[06 Jan 2009|06:35pm]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

hey everyone! I'm new here, and i noticed that no one had posted in a while, so i'd thought i'd share. I'll be joining track and field on the freshmen team this year and i'm so excited!!! i've always loved running, and there isn't anything around my small town for anyone except high schoolers. i ran a lot in 7th grade and lapsed last year. i've been conditioning since November, and I'm SO excited!!!!!

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[10 Oct 2008|06:35pm]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

I may have my first coaching job this winter. A high school Indoor Girls team.
I'm scared. :-\

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Salute: The Movie [08 Oct 2008|10:01pm]


A little historical reminder for everyone.
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Revival? [06 Oct 2008|04:47pm]

After pygmalion posted the other day, I was wondering why this community is so inactive. I love cross country and track, and I'm kind of surprised nobody so much as mentionned Usain Bolt in this community during the summer.

Is anyone interested in posting stories/photos, or writing editorials, or anything? I sure am. Maybe we could have a post every month for updating the achievements of members of the community in their running? Perhaps even some fun graphics? I'm just throwing out a few ideas, in the hopes that a few interested members might reply.

- Sylvie
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Training for speed [05 Oct 2008|04:58pm]

G'day guys, I thought this might be of interest to some of you, and easy to scroll past for those that aren't.


Our first competition of the 2008/2009 season left me musing the relationship that athletes have with speed.

As athletes we spend our time training to run our preferred distances as fast as we can, but this isn't always possible. Our bodies: our muscles, our nervous system, and our minds all have to be functioning at 100% to give us the maximum speed that we're chasing. In order to reach this speed we need to train for it, practising the skill of running fast until it becomes second nature to us.

Obviously the distance that we're going to be running will have a big impact on how fast we need to run, and therefore how we're going to train for that event. The way that a 3000m runner trains is going to need different sorts of sessions to an 800m athlete.

For a bunch of reasons athletes do not train at 100% speed all year round. This means that there will be times when your body is not yet ready to run as fast as you'd have otherwise wanted. It requires time and focus to bring yourself  to the point where you can take the fitness and strength you've built up over the Winter and apply it to a race at full pace.

The key reason we don't train at 100% speed all year around is that this places an unacceptable degree of stress on your bodies. You are attempting to demand that your body far exceeds its factory specifications, be it in terms of speed alone, or speed combined with endurance. An athlete who runs nothing but PB's all year round is flirting with disaster in the form of either an injury or simply burning out. We need to back away from our maximum capacity to allow ourselves time to recover and rebuild for the next big peak.

Another reason we don't train at 100% all the time is that the longer less intense training that we do in Winter lets us train harder and recover faster in Summer. A set of 5 x 200's that we might have only been able to run on 32 seconds, and required 3 minutes rest, might become a set of 8 x 200's on 30 seconds with just 1 minute of rest. This improved intensity in training then translates into improved performances on the track.
Obviously the longer distance runners require a lesser focus on speed, so it follows that they will come out of their Winter training already equipped to run (comparatively) faster times than the sprinters and the middle distance runners. This is not to say that longer distance runners should ignore speed training, rather that they require less of it.

The challenge of training middle distance athletes has always been about balancing the development of speed with the development of fitness. It is my experience that speed drops away faster than aerobic fitness as your body "forgets" how to run fast. This means that athletes who have missed a week or two of training due to illness or injury will return to their peak aerobic fitness levels faster than their speed endurance fitness levels. This usually makes for a frustrating return to competition when you run races that do not tire you out simply because you're not yet capable of running at the speeds you desire. You need more time to train at race pace and faster to "remind" your body how to run at the pace you want.

You should never underestimate the effect that your mental preparation for speed will have on your race results though. If you go into a race with the intention of taking the pace out conservatively, not expecting to run a fast time, you should expect a time that reflects this. Pushing yourself beyond your normal physical limitations takes a huge degree of focus and mental effort. What we do at training and in competition is NOT normal. In fact it's pretty incredible! The minute you start a race with your head full of doubt or confusion, you are setting yourself up for a lesser performance. I would always advise you to line up to race with the intention of running as fast as you possibly can, we can dissect the race and the performance in the context of your training and preparation afterwards. But you do yourself no favours if you line up with the intention of running the race slowly, it eats away your ability to push yourself when the race invariably becomes tough.
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olympics? [08 Aug 2008|09:36pm]

Hey! Who is everyone rooting for in the Olympics in the lovely sport of track and field?
I want Kara Goucher and Lagat to medal. ;] 
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800 Meter [30 May 2008|09:27pm]

Hello people,

I'm a 7th grader and run the 800 meter, this is my first year in track and every race I did (800 and 400) I ran I won (which is 5 races) I have the city finals tomorrow and my coach wants me to do the mile next year, I don't even feel comfortable in the 800, so any ideas for training?

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[24 May 2008|06:56pm]

Australian radio Interview with Oscar Pistouris.

For those of you living under a rock, he's the South African double amputee who's recently won the right to compete against able bodied athletes and attempt to qualify for Beijing.
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Track Club Fundraiser [12 Dec 2007|04:10pm]

My track club is doing a fundraiser by selling some neat USATF and Team USA stuff on eBay. Check it out!

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enter your track and field pictures to win prizes! [04 Dec 2007|11:55pm]


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