Loren’s Sub-Fifty Quest: Part 3

As Soon as I transferred to my new high school, I immediately began training with the runwithpower training system, and my body began changing. If you look through the philosophy section of this blog, you can read up on how we view training the human body to be as powerful and efficient as possible to become the fastest it is capable of becoming.

2007 HCHS Track seattle 078One thing that I have learned about this system that makes it so much different from other systems and training products is that it is not a “quick fix” or produce “immediate results.” Just to throw out one piece of advice for anyone who is browsing around looking for training products and systems: don’t buy into systems that claim to “instantly make you faster” or “help you achieve peak performance in such and such weeks” and so on. Reaching your true potential is not easy and will not happen overnight, especially if you are really training correctly. Sure, some systems may produce some immediate results through some “secret technique” that get you excited, but they cannot really help you attain your full potential.

My junior year was all about redesigning my muscular system. All sorts of new stimulus was being placed on my body, and it was beginning to change my stride. Over the course of several months, my hips and back began to loosen up, gaining new range of motion that I didn’t have before. New range increases the potential for power in the stride, so things were going well.

I decided to play football my junior year after taking my sophomore year off, and it was a good season for me, aside from the various muscle strains that seemed to bounce around various places in my body. Ultimately, I probably would have never been able to make it through an entire season being so tight in my hips except for the excellent training I was doing that helped me to quickly heal and continue playing. Just a side note, since coming back from college to resume my training with runwithpower almost 9 months ago, after being unable to run at college due to injury, I have been injury-free and feel better training and running than I have ever felt in my life.

Anyways, I played basketball that year too, and the transition from basketball to track is a difficult one, especially for a 400-meter runner. Basketball tends to tighten up the hips from all the loaded lateral demands. Yet, track was going well. The transition into track was much easier due to all the additional training that we had to do to try and maintain good hip mobility. My 200 time had dropped significantly, about a full second from the previous year. Before transferring I had been stuck around a 24.4, and right out of the gate as a junior, I had run a 23.5. My 400 time was coming down too. I had managed to run a 53 even, and that was becoming consistent. Then I had a big setback. Only two days before the first major meet, the Oregon Relays held at historic Hayward Field, our team ran at a low-key league meet, and I strained a hamstring running the last leg of the 4×1 relay. It had been a cold day, and after warming up well, the race was delayed a bit and I ended up standing around for a while getting cold. I actually jogged an embarrassing 60 second 400 two days later. 2 weeks later was districts. I actually did well there, running a 52.14 in the open 400 and a 51.5 split in the 4×400 relay. Unfortunately that was the end of my season.

So that sums up my junior year. I had definitely improved and was heading in the right direction, but just came up short on time in my opinion. I feel that if I had just had a couple more weeks of good weather, I might have actually jumped down into the low 51’s. I guess we’ll never know, right? Next post I’ll go through my senior year, and talk about my two MCL strains and how that affected my training significantly.

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