How comes my daughter is getting slower?

Training or just her age

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19/06/2013 at 14:37

Hi my daughter who is now 12 was doing pretty well last year at 800 meters doing 2mins 50 after a winters training which seemed to go well, she is really struggling to even break 3mins for 800 meters. Could it be her age as she is going through her age development or could it be her training.

Thank you

seren nos    pirate
19/06/2013 at 14:42

Has she lost interest and focus

is she doing it because she wants to or because she feels she should

19/06/2013 at 14:47

No she loves to run, she trains at her club twice a week and with myself twice so 4 times in a week in total. Though i have stopped her racing just at present as i don't want her to get put off from something she loves.

19/06/2013 at 15:02

Tricky age, who knows what is going on in terms of development right now - puberty is chaos.

19/06/2013 at 15:45

Yes very tricky, though how long if this is the problem would one expect this dip in form to last.

19/06/2013 at 15:55

You say she is training twice a week with her club and then a further 2 times a week with you, is she perhaps overtraining slightly enough to take the edge off what she is doing?

19/06/2013 at 17:09

has she had a surge in growth this year, more so than last?
My youngest (nearly 12) shot up last year and her performances were way down on the prior year. This year she has grown less, but has become more toned, and has improved vastly (took 40s off her 1500 time, 13s off her 800)
I see it quite regularly at the club - it seems to take a while for muscles and tendons to catch up and for their bodies to adapt. 
I know it can be frustrating for them, but seems to be a common issue. Also there is often a change from U15 to U17 as they become more developed. Its not uncommon for the U15s to be faster.
She should be OK training 4x a week as long as the two sessions with you are easy (assuming the club ones are harder efforts) 

19/06/2013 at 20:36

Hi Dustin some very good comments from you, funny enough she trained tonight the best she has for months 2000 m warm up then 4 x 400 around 81-84 sec and 4x 200 around 38-42 secs came off training face beaming as if she was over her problems. Grendel3 i don't reckon she is overtraining as she never complains about training and i'd much rather her train than sit indoors watching TV as arunner myself i'm very careful to monitor her training.

19/06/2013 at 22:57

Maybe the problem is she is doing it for you, not for herself

19/06/2013 at 23:05

Had she perhaps forgotten how to run 800 if it was longer slower runs over the winter?

19/06/2013 at 23:18

Hi Rich no it is obviously just a problem related to her age hopefully. The idiot Nick Windsor 4 has absolutely no idea about running, as parents we support our children in everything they do. Apart from running my daughter is also a keen dancer and plays piano though running is her 1st love like many people. It would be a lot easier for me if i didn't have to travel all over the place for events and training, i guess Nick Windsor 4 is just a sad lonely person looking to just give critical comments without advise saddo, get a life.

20/06/2013 at 06:27

Tony I can see it's touched a nerve ending, unintantionally, let the girl make her own decisions, I know that can be hard if you're trying to live out your dreams through your child which appears to be the case here.

20/06/2013 at 07:22

Nick i had a look at a few of your Forums, seems to me your just on this site to try and wind people up. Trouble is people like you hide behind computer forums as you don't have the nerve to go out in the public. I bet you was one of these boys who was useless at every kind of sport, the kind who would hide in the corner of the playground. Sport and activities for children promotes good self esteem, friendship, fitness, something you obviously was lacking in life and still are. My daughter has read these comments and would like to thank the positive remarks, however Nick your the kind of person that is obviously a loner with no idea or concept of children growing up. I would feel sorry for you children if you had any??? as they would just be sat in front of the T.V as you would let them do anything. Encourage, support, are actions you have no idea of. 

20/06/2013 at 07:44

Pushy parents are a phenomenon where people believe that in the best interest of the child they will encourage them.

Actually I don't think it is a totally negative thing, and the encouragement turns to pushing unwittingly, where this can become a negative influence, you can reverse this, it probably isn't too late, your daughter is probably unable to tell you she feels under pressure, but in time she will.

It can be difficult to allow children to grow into their own skins, I hope it works out for you.

20/06/2013 at 07:47
seren nos wrote (see)

Has she lost interest and focus

is she doing it because she wants to or because she feels she should

It takes a lot of good parenting to realise this, your support could be turning into her pressure

20/06/2013 at 14:49

Oh Nick Windsor 4, what a misguided person you are! i truly pity anyone though i doubt that possible you are close too.

I came on this site for advise from any other parent or coach who could advise, the problems children have with any sport but my daughter's is running, i'm a lone parent and these problems can be difficult. 

You are just a horrible nasty pice of work, though i do hope you find peace and help in your life as you need it.

20/06/2013 at 15:03

Tony, Nick did put a "maybe" before that sentence. You seem to have gone off in quite an alarmingly quick fashion at the mere suggestion.


Also, are you a real Wizard?  

20/06/2013 at 15:15

Nicky that is twice he has suggested i'm pushy far from it, if he had read my earlier comments he would have seen that my daughter loves to run it gives her great confidance and it is a very social thing as well. Wher she can hang out with her friends. Not to many places for children of her age to go and feel safe and secure. Wizard is my surname.

20/06/2013 at 18:31

Tony, I noticed you do go off like a firework, quite out of context too, and the reasons are your own business. People who encourage their children in any field are usually well-intentioned and mean well but at some point you have to look at why things happen and it might just be possible she runs for you, not herself. I can't believe Wizard, great name! and are you always of a fiery nature?

20/06/2013 at 18:52

Yes Wizard is the name, very protective other my children i see many people in life push children sometimes in a positive way, others in a negative way. I personally support my children in any activity they do. My daughter runs for enjoyment, her school, club and county. Believe me! it would be a lot easier for myself if she didn't run the miles up and down the motor ways to venues the cold wintery evenings when after a days work i would rather sit indoors than take her to training. 

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