Hi guys, question for the 400m coaches/athletes who post on the forum. I coach a guy who is just about to turn 17, his background is in 100/200 11.3/23.2 but was becoming frustrated with the 100m and after a couple of decent 4x400m runs fancied a crack at the 400m individual. He had his first race at the weekend, running 52.67, going through 200m in 24.3 (planned for 25.0) and 300m in 36.9 (planned 38.0) not bad till 350m then it felt like a bear had jumped on his back.
My question is should I try to get him to run slower through 200m (bearing in mind he said it felt very comfortable), or
same pace at 200m but not to push the 3rd 100m quite so much (12.6 in the race) or
keep doing the same with the plan being the last 50m will get quicker as he gets stronger.
I'm a bit reluctant to slow him down, bearing in mind it was the first race of the season and he will be competing at 200m as well.
Looking forward to your replies as ever.