I have just joined as I have been reading the forums a lot recently and they seem to have a great deal of knowledgable people on here.
My question is understandably vague but I was wondering what peoples thoughts on this were on the basis of long term development.
I have come back to athletics after having a period of 6-7 years off, I am 25 now and am trying to get into the longer sprints. My previous main event was Pole Vault and I was a gymnast when I was younger, I was at about 4.50m+ at the age of 16/17, I then basically got bored and went off to uni (I am from the Uk) and then only got back into athletics last year properly so I have had approx 1.5 full seasons training.
My pb’s now are
100m – 11.0 (was windy but so more like 11.2 consistently)
200m – 22.8
400m – 51.4
My issue is with the 400m, I just can’t seem to get the strength for the last 100m. I have been training hard over the last season and have a good coach who knows 400m well but I always seem to struggle with lactic.
My question is really, does it take a number of years to build up the endurance required for the 400m given the demands it has on the body? I am quite happy to keep training hard but my eventual aim is to go sub 48s (48.5 is the entry standard for the Britsh Champs), but I wonder am I expecting too much too soon – or am I not physiologically cut out for the long sprints. I was hoping to run sub 50s this year given my 100/200 time but havent managed it. I have only run 4 races this year and I don’t think I have run one correctly so I think I have at least a 50.x in me.
My main competitors at my club who are quicker than me have been doing the event for 5/6/7 years now which is why my question about long term development comes up.
With an event like the 400m do you need to look at the long term training more so than perhaps shorter sprints and how soon can you assess someones suitability for the event?
Thanks for your help