Well, here we go. I'm about to begin training for some future open and masters events, particularly in the sprints and possibly the long jump. Now, you may be saying, "heatwave, what's the big deal about that? Well, I'm starting over at age 32 (almost 33) and I haven't run a single sprint since high school. I realize that I'm not 18 anymore, but I'm not exactly over the hill either. I want to be active, compete in something I always enjoyed, and see what can become of my ability and work. I want to see what I can do with some focused training, which is something I never, ever had before. Here is a very brief background:
I've always been naturally fast, but never harnessed my potential. In high school, I foolishly "trained" for track season by running cross country–that's all, no sprinting drills or anything unless you count several reps of 400 meters a couple of times per week in "track practice" which amounted to running around a gravel oval surrounding a soccer field. The high school basketball coach was assigned to be our coach and he new little to nothing about track. I never properly trained to maximize my sprinting/jumping ability because neither I nor my "coach" new any better, nor did I know which sprint I would be best suited for. In spite of all this I ran the following times as an 18 year old:
Now, fast forward to 2002 when I got off the couch and began training in training the olympic lifts with a certified NCAA strenth/conditioning coach and competing in some local/regional meets. I quickly gained back strength and was pleasantly surprised. Our OL coach tested my vertical and it was 33 inches and he told me that I probably have a natural tendency toward sprints/jumps rather than endurance. I am interested in joining a local track club and training and even competing again to see what can become of my times with some proper training methods. I'm thinking maybe 200/400? FWIW, I'm 5'11",around 177 lbs., and injury free. The only training I do now is moderate strength training and running intervals sprinting/walking in my neighborhood. How would I begin a comeback? Am I crazy or what? My goal would be a sub 50 400 meter someday. Now, time to hit the track……….