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Discussion: Holy Moly Grace Ping Minnesota phenom

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Jun 25, 2016 11:15 PM # 
Just saw where this 12 year old girl from Minn ran 16:44 5k and 10:28 2 will crush her someday...haha
Jun 26, 2016 8:15 PM # 
Yeah, I saw her win State CC last fall. Little girl... fast legs. We'll see if she's still around in 5 years.
Good job on the 9 milers. Not fast, but that's a long run these days. Valuable... it'll pay off yet.
Jun 27, 2016 11:29 AM # 
I believe so least for awhile now I've been able to train on...there should be some benefit by the fall at least...

The thing about athletics is you have just so much peak time...if she trains and races within herself so that she remains hungry then she has a chance to last...someone said that barring injury most athletic careers have about 8 good years...does not mean before and after there are not good years too but I think this is probably right...some people have way less...mentally or physically things do not work out some people have more...but if you look at a lot of athletes with a 'long career' there is still that peak time when they did their best.

I also wonder if these young athletes just have bodies that peak early...some obviously do...I still remember there was a guy that ran a 4:30 mile as a freshman and never go was still a good time but he did not run any faster...can't remember name or school...I've probably mentioned him before in my ramblings.
Jun 28, 2016 2:59 AM # 
I overheard someone say at the State meet that she had the coaching-parents-from-hell. That would be hard to sustain for six years of school.
Jun 28, 2016 11:35 AM # 
The dad was going to try to beat her 'one last time' made it sound for fun...I bet Chrissy has them beat...she yelled and lectured me from 1:30 to now (6:30) with a few brief respites...I take comfort that James is not here to endure this anymore...she means well. She wants the best for him but...

Hopefully its not true but unfortunately a lot of the early bloomers have been pushed to do workouts that help them run faster earlier but they burn out...

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