Wellll since anon brought it up I guess I’ll post this now. Basically I’d like to get other people’s opinions on this. Since I suck at making decisions, it’s nice to get some other sides.
As you all know, I’ll be graduating this year and going on to college. And I’m sure you all also know that I’ve been plagued with injuries. I want to run track and cross in college. I actually plan on doing it. But I also am not sure if I should join the team my freshmen year. My senior year of running was nothing like I wanted it to be. Basically my legs are back in their freshmen stage because all of my times I’ve ran this year I ran freshmen year. I sort of believe that some of the reason I keep getting injured is because of the constant pounding of seasons I have. Even now I feel way burnt out. I feel as if my legs are not ready to tackle the brutal training of college. But also if I did run freshmen year, there would be a pretty huge chance that I would just be red-shirted because I’d be a walk on onto a D1 school and my times wouldn’t be fast compared to all the other colleges. Then again, I’m worried that if I don’t run then my intensity of training won’t be high enough and it will just hurt my whole college career. Oh and I guess like 10 seniors quit running this year because they also hated the coach. And that’s not a good sign. I would have a schedule to follow for the summer (my current coach has his from when he ran in college). And then I would just do a lot of open/road races when “cross country” season is around and I will be able to do open indoor track meets during the winter. Right now I would rather just run on my own and get the mileage and base I need for college running. But would that really be best for me? So the big question,
Do I run with the team my freshmen year of college or do I build up a base to get me ready for the other three years of college running?