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Old 09-04-08, 04:02 PM   #1
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My XC Coach Is an Angry Person




XC running, to clarify. He always pulls me aside and tells me I need to give it my best. To be honest, I always do. I happen to be a pathetic runner. Good road racer, but I'm mediocre at running and my coach thinks I can do better. I placed 24 out of 49 is our last race (exactly in the middle) and I thought I did pretty OK. Coach got mad at me and our whole team because we came in second place, with 48 points and the first place team with 18.

I want his respect but he hates me because he thinks I'm not trying. I can't win.
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ProFail he doesn't hate you. If he did you'd be off of that team. He has seen your potential and is trying to squeeze it out of you. He want's you to be the best you can be and although you may say you are doing your best, there is more inside of you.

Practice running as much as you can after school and on weekends. Push yourself. You will improve little by little - so little that you may not see it but he might. Don't goof off and remember that the only thing he is gaining is a win. What you are gaining is experience, character building and physical strength. You gain way more than he ever will.

Ask him ways in which he feels you can improve yourself. Do as he says and don't fret. Don't take the time to get angry at him or yourself. This is all energy that you can use to propel yourself forward.

Keep at it, ProFail. I believe in you.
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Old 09-04-08, 04:15 PM   #3
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Actually, I was looking more for the "You're coach sounds like a wiener" response.

I shouldn't say he hates me. More like perpetually disappointed. I know for sure that I'm giving it my best, but I also know I can get faster. My coach just seems to think that I (can get faster now/am not trying).

Already run an easy 8k on Saturday and an easy 2 miles on Sunday (what coach recommends). I also get up and run a moderate 3 miles in the morning on Tuesday and Friday, which is the maximum extra running coach recommends (I also don't think he knows I do this). During practice I usually come up with the front-middle group and place middle in the races. I try all the time, but he doesn't notice because I tend to look calm when suffering.

Also he compares me to people who "try harder". Ehhhhh.
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Actually, I was looking more for the "You're coach sounds like a wiener" response.

I shouldn't say he hates me. More like perpetually disappointed. I know for sure that I'm giving it my best, but I also know I can get faster. My coach just seems to think that I (can get faster now/am not trying).

Already run an easy 8k on Saturday and an easy 2 miles on Sunday (what coach recommends). I also get up and run a moderate 3 miles in the morning on Tuesday and Friday, which is the maximum extra running coach recommends (I also don't think he knows I do this). During practice I usually come up with the front-middle group and place middle in the races. I try all the time, but he doesn't notice because I tend to look calm when suffering.

Also he compares me to people who "try harder". Ehhhhh.
Save your knees for something else and your patience for someone who is worth it.
Personally I don't like authority figures so I already don't like your coach.
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you should watch the first episode of 'band of brothers'
I think it'll explain it very clearly.
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Don't let your coach get you down. Running should be fun. If the only thing your coach cares about are results, then I'd say screw him, leave the team, and run (and do races) on your own. I did CC for a couple years in high school and was only a mediocre runner, usually finishing in the middle of the pack. However, my coach knew my abilities and knew that I was trying hard, and I felt that he respected me for it. I think your coach is just an assbag.
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My HS XC coach believed that if we didn't come in 1st place with 15 points, we didn't try hard enough.
His official rules to running: You may only slow down if you're throwing up. You may only stop when you've crossed the finish line. You haven't given it 100% until you pass out.

To give him credit, he wasn't one of those coaches who just yelled a lot and rode along side us in a golf cart. He was a serious distance runner and would get out and run with us during practice. (I think he only did this to continue yelling at us.)
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I once came in second for a 1.2km run, but let me tell you, I couldn't stand after I passed the finish line.
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My HS XC coach believed that if we didn't come in 1st place with 15 points, we didn't try hard enough.
His official rules to running: You may only slow down if you're throwing up. You may only stop when you've crossed the finish line. You haven't given it 100% until you pass out.

To give him credit, he wasn't one of those coaches who just yelled a lot and rode along side us in a golf cart. He was a serious distance runner and would get out and run with us during practice. (I think he only did this to continue yelling at us.)
Our coach is the same kind of guy. Runs with us, but everything less than perfect is ****.
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Our coach is the same kind of guy. Runs with us, but everything less than perfect is ****.
My coach would follow us in a 65 Plymouth. He was gruff, about 6-'3 280. Not really a mean guy, but he never needed to repeat himself.

I knew lots of hiding places, so much so that my teammates voted me league champion cheater. My lack of dedication in practice paid great dividends in competition. Fortunately, there were just enough guys with talent that I could get away with it.

Taerom has got some good advice. But I wouldn't quite the team if I were you. Just remind yourself that you are doing it for yourself, not for him.
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Our coach is the same kind of guy. Runs with us, but everything less than perfect is ****.
If you would man up, quit being a panty waist cake eater and try for a change he may have a better outlook on things.
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Oh no. See what you did, Profail? You got the NC crew here. That's pretty bad if you can get them to come to Foo.
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Seriously PF, stop being such a weenie.
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