Mikayla Weiss isn't happy with running 15 to 20 miles a week.
The Grand Forks Central High School junior's problem isn't too much road time. It's too little.
Weiss' training regimen has been curtailed this spring due to recurring problems from a stress fracture in her right foot that she suffered last summer.
"I love running,'' Weiss said. "If I wasn't injured it would be 40 to 45 miles a week.
"I had good training over the winter. Then the first week of track practice, (the injury) flared up again. It was hard mentally sometimes to stay positive when you can't train like you want to.''
Regardless of the injury, Weiss figures to be Central's top contender for a high place at the East Region girls track meet. The regional will be held today, beginning at 2 p.m, in Fargo.
Weiss has the fourth-fastest time in the state Class A ranks this spring in the 3,200 (11:09.84), the fifth-fastest in the 1,600 (5:17.41) and is ranked ninth in the 800 (2:21.71).
"That's probably not the norm, for somebody to go out and run 15-20 miles a week,'' Central coach Eric Polries said. "But when you're used to running the miles Mikayla does, that's a big decrease. I'm sure it was challenging, and totally frustrating, for her. Mikayla expects to perform at a high level.
"She's gone through some self doubts. She's a girl who always pushes to do her best. To not be able to train to her maximum capacity, that was hard on her.''
Weiss substituted the roadwork she was missing with training in the swimming pool and the elliptical machine.
She's competed in almost every meet. And she ran a personal-record time in the 3,200 at the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls.
"I wasn't expecting a PR,'' Weiss said. "And I still feel I have time to get some of the times I was hoping to run.
"I'm thankful I'm able to run at all. I could have had to take the whole season off. And I've qualified for state in all four of my events.''
Weiss overcame the injury to finish second at the EDC Championships and seventh at the state meet in cross country last fall. Last spring, after winning the 800 at the region track meet, Weiss was a top-eight finisher in the state track meet in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
"She never complains,'' Polries said. "The only thing I've heard her say about the injury is just wondering what will happen.
"I think she can still do well this spring. She always seems to put it all together when it counts.''
Weiss has the third-fastest times in the region in the 1,600 and 3,200 and the fourth-fastest time in the 800. These Grand Forks athletes have the best performances of the season in the region in open events:
Red River junior Bryce Enerson, 110 hurdles (14.98);
Red River junior Kaden Rohloff, pole vault (13-10);
Red River junior Claire Leach, 400 (59.17) and triple jump (36-8);
Red River junior Shelby Frank, shot put (42-7) and discus (167-0).