A runner’s goal should always be to peak for the important meets and races. For middle and high school runners, that usually means end-of-season championships at the conference, state, regional and even national level. To peak at the proper time requires setting appropriate goals, planning, consistency and continuous improvement, focus on health and preventing injuries, and avoiding over-training and too much racing.
For my 11 year old son, the Western Connecticut Conference Championships held at Fairfield Warde High School on June 4 was the first highlight of his 2013 outdoor track season (followed by the Connecticut State Championships and Junior Olympic Championships). Representing the New Canaan Running Club, my son was looking forward to racing the 1600 m and 800 m against runners from many of the state’s great track and field teams, including Danbury, Tomlinson, Newtown, Nutmeg Striders, New Fairfield, Wilton, etc. (there are about 14 teams in the conference). The meet was well organized, executed on time and with no surprises. Results were announced immediately. Trophies and medals were awarded within 10 minutes of each event.
My son ran in the 2nd heat of the 1600 m and quickly established himself in 3rd position with an opening 200 m in 36 seconds, and passed the 400 m in 78 seconds on his way to a 5:46 PR. He was proud that he achieved a substantial PR and finished 3rd in his heat, never ceding his position in the race. With a 30 minute break, he came back and ran another PR in the 800 m, again starting with a 78 second 400 m and crossing the finish line in 2:43.04. It was a wonderful day, filled with accomplishments, the reward for setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Next stop: Junior Olympics and the 3000 m.
Start of Heat 2 of 1600 m at Western Connecticut Conference Championship
Final meters of the 1600 m
Beautiful track & field facility at Fairfield Warde High School
Lots of bling…team trophies
More bling…individual medals