Grace Ping, at 10 years old she is as young as she is fast
In Minnesota, there is a world record breaking 10 year old female who is running 18min 5Ks and 31min 8Ks. Wowza. To put that into perspective, that is essentially a 5:45 pace by someone who likely hasn’t gone through puberty yet. Is that too young?
Possibly a better question would be: “Is that too young to be running that fast/hard?” According to anything that I can find, she is running 10-20 miles a week and doing some other cross training, sports, etc. Not massive mileage by any stretch and somewhat in line with middle school / high school cross country programs. Some people might argue that she is doing damage to her still growing and developing body by asking it to perform at a level that most people could only dream of doing.
The flip side, of course, is that she is obviously naturally gifted and that any perceived excursion by her would be much smaller than the normal person. To add, in a day in age of “obesity epidemics” and “fast food nations” to tell someone that they have to run slower or less when they want to go faster and harder would seem counter intuitive.
What do I think?
What do you think? Is she crushing her baby bones or laying the foundation for a full ride at a college?