Thursday, January 5, 2012
If you don't suffer a serious injury or get slower than you were as a senior in high school during your freshman year of college, you are ahead of probably half of your peers.
Many times, I've seen freshmen dejected after what they consider to be a lackluster season, but in the context of all the freshmen in, say, their conference, it was really quite good. My own freshman year was much like this; perhaps my story will serve as a good introduction. Many of the pitfalls that trap the "typical freshman" are obvious, but a few are more subtle. I also had a few advantages given my running background in high school, and there are a few assorted traps that I managed to avoid, so afterwards, I'll deconstruct what I did right and what I did wrong and explain how that all applies to you, the newly-minted freshman runner.