I have had this occur many times in my short coaching career. How do you deal with “burn out” on distance runners? Obviously, we have a demanding sport that requires the best kids to run year round. This can be taxing mentally. Sometimes the feeling of being “burned out” is short and can be cured with a 2 or 3 week break between seasons. However, I am experiencing a very difficult situation with an athlete who has parents that put a lot of pressure on the kid to perform highly in every aspect of life (School, Scouts, Karate, Running, College Search). How do you help reinvigorate that kid and not have him be left behind by his teammates?
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