How comes my daughter is getting slower?

Training or just her age

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20/06/2013 at 19:01
Tony wizard wrote (see)

Yes Wizard is the name. 

Magic I want to change mine now


20/06/2013 at 19:41

Well Nick with a surname such as Windsor, the name Duke of Windsor comes to mind do the honourable thing abdicate now.

21/06/2013 at 16:44

Gosh I've logged in after a few days away and it's like Mumsnet on here.  I am finding this thread is pretty nasty and so is the parkrun timing one. It's really unpleasant when threads descend into personal insults.Would you be this nasty if you saw each other in person - I suspect not. I think someone should come on here from RW and delete all the nasty comments.  No doubt I will now get lots of sarky responses, but really, is it that difficult to transfer good manners to the internet?  I'm very disappointed.  

And please don't say "don't come on here if you don't like it", good manners should be the norm.  We're runners and shouldn't need to be nasty.  Amicable disagreement yes.

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21/06/2013 at 17:01

I don't think its particulary nasty Hellybobs.its realistic.........people sometime take the written word in a way not quite planned.......and when you get an emotive subject like kids then people react more than they normally do..

we all know that being a parent is always trying to work on that fine line between encouragement and dominance.............

and there are many cases where it happens.....some of whom go on to be the best stars around because of it........its a hard line to judge.....

Tony has probably seen it happen as well......and sometimes we do it without actualy realsing that we are and its good to take a step back and access our reasons sometimes......

21/06/2013 at 23:30

Hellywobs i came on here as a parent with a young aspiring athlete, a single father with a child going through changes in life and dip in performance i was looking for advise. Not somebody trying to accuse me of pushing my daughter into something she did not want to do. I myself take it as a personal insult when one suggests i push my daughter into running. How on earth do we produce athletes in this country with some of the rude, statements made. As my daughter said tonight to run over the fields this evening with her dog was heaven! who are some of you to JUDGE.

22/06/2013 at 08:28

The way we produce great athletes in this country is by investing in coaching, which unfortunately, normally costs money.

She is 12 she enjoys what she is doing; great.

Sit down with her, discuss her aspirations, join a club. Becoming more than a good club athlete requires an investment in time and money. An athlete tends to peak in their late 20's and requires 8 years to achieve that peak. 

She will have a lot of distractions coming up in the next few years....

22/06/2013 at 08:49

Maybe it's a puberty thing. Maybe it's nutrition, is she eating right? Maybe her training needs adjusting?

I'd sit down and talk to her to make sure nothing is going on that you're not aware of. Then if all is good, then have a chat to her coach about adjustments in nutrition and training.

22/06/2013 at 09:19

Hi Sideburn thanks for your advise and Tty-to-athlon, my daughter has a good balanced diet plenty of pasta, vegetables, fruit, meat. I've done the sitting down part suggesting maybe giving running a rest for a while whilst her body adjusts, though this is the last thing she wants. So we have decided to stop racing competively at the moment and monitor her training more carefully. Though my daughter would like to move up in distance, so today we are going to do a 1500m and see how she gets on.

22/06/2013 at 09:24

The 1500 was my distance at school, I did better in it than the 800 . Just concentrate on her enjoying it rather than improving & the times will come in their own time! 

22/06/2013 at 09:41

Good luck Tony - I see lots of pushy parents so I can understand some of the comments on here, but from what you have said your daughter seems to enjoy it. I'd maintain that she does her two sessions at the club and let her initiate the runs she does with you, so its her call. 
As regards the times , I still think its age/development thing, as I said previously my youngest had it last year, and seeing same with several more of our U13s this year (seems to be a little older with the boys).
I'm a little curious however as to you saying that she will stop racing competitively, yet today your doing a 1500? But please let us know how she gets on.
Out of interest, which region are you from? With such an uncommon surname I think we would have noticed the name in the county regionals if you were (relatively) local to us - south/southeast
All the best

22/06/2013 at 20:54

Tony, cannot give great advice on running but as a cricket coach who has watched  boys develop from 9 - 16 it is very interesting to see  kids develop at different rates and have peaks and troughs. I have listened to wiser coaches than myself who have gone through this cycle before. In my opinion you are doing all the right things, being supportive and taking coaching advice. As frustrating as it may be I think it is a case of being patient and remaining confident that the good times will return, talent is permanent but off course we have to keep persevering. Hope that is of some use. Good luck.

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