Call me crazy?
I was somewhat conflicted by my recent inspection of our local recreation publication. Upon observation of the various classes offered I was excited to see a running / Cross Country course offered by the city. I quickly became dismayed upon reading the qualifications. Lets start there.
7-14 years old. – I’m not sure at any point you should have your seven year old participating in running. My thoughts are completely mine, without science. Shouldn’t a 7 year old want to play soccer, football, baseball. Something other than running. How would you practice. Does a 7 year old have the ability to run safely in the streets? What 7 year old says I think I will go for a run? Will it cause an introversion lifestyle? But you say, the greats started running early. Yes, but they were not running for sport. They ran to get to school, perhaps to get to a basketball or soccer practice. Some ran to get to work. I see very few runners start early and become greats. Am I being to harsh? Call me crazy?
Must run 9:30 mile – Call me old school, but why the limit? Can’t a young person run 10 minutes. What’s the restriction for? Are we coaching the kids for the joy of running or are we farming the talent in the area. Good luck with that. I can’t recall any great runners who ran competitively at 7. I’m sure there is someone. I just don’t know them. I do recall a fairly average runner going to BYU and winning the 15oo meter collegiate title. Call me crazy?
Here we go again. I feel like I have seen this story before. The good news is we will have fairly good high school runners, but I doubt any greats. And how sad. When that same runner probably could have been better starting later in their life.
I recount one of the million Messi videos I have watched. During the interview Messi speaks of the love of the game. How he would play soccer as much as he could in the streets of Argentina. After school. Before school. Any chance he was given. Can we get that passion at age 7 in the sport of running? I think not. Call me crazy?
I hope I am wrong. I hope the program succeeds and we become a mecca for distance runners in the United States. If asked I would support the program. I just don’t want the kids running talents to be hurt in the process.