Dear Run Coach
My name is Eric Gallos and I am a high school cross country runner. After coming off a disappointing junior season I am desperate to improve dramatically for my senior season. My current personal best in a 5k race is 18 minutes. Now, I understand that this is a mediocre time, but i am 100% sure that i have much more to bring to the table. I have only participated in two years of XC, but both of the two years i have struggled with stress fractures and shin splints(both injuries from working beyond a breaking point). Now, my question is this, realistically how much time off my 5k can I shed; I am willing to train starting now until next year.
p.s. I currently am recovering from a nasty stress fracture. (before my injury I had been running 10 miles per day)