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My son announced that he wants to try out for the track team, but he can’t really run well. How can I help him?

April 5, 2013

As a concerned and caring parent you want the best for your child.  One of the first things you do when your child expresses an interest in a particular sport is be supportive and excited.  The second thing you do is kindly share a dose of reality.

Dose of reality:  It’s important to share with your son that track involves a lot of running and that this is something he needs to be prepared for.

The support:  If your son is still excited, you can get him prepared by having him do interval sprints.
This is what I was taught by Hans Hindl, a marathon champion, and friend of my grandmothers.  Hans is 87 years old and still going strong!!!


Here’s what he will need to do:

  • Find an open field, park or empty sidewalk.
  • Begin by jogging to warm up.
  • Slowly get into a steady rhythm and begin to sprint and see how far he can go without getting winded to the point where he has to stop.
  • When finished with the sprint have him slow his pace down to a jog again and catch his breath at that steady pace.
  • Begin with 5-8 sprints at a time, 2-3 times a week.  As the weeks go on try to increase the number of sprints that he can do.
  • Don’t forget to stretch at the end.

This helped me cut my time drastically when I was marathon training.

–  Katrina Phillip Certified Personal Trainer


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