Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Cross Country - Update #3

Darts -
It was a good week for Davis XC. I really enjoyed the "kick-off" camp. It was fun to get to know some of you better. The running was hard, and we had a lot of fun. I really liked what Janae said about doing the little things to make yourself better (abs, stretching, diet, sleep, your own training log, etc.). Thanks to those of you who were able to come and for the parents who were able to help us get you there and back - a special thanks to the Woods for making dinner for us.

Wasatch Back:
Later in the week, the TEAM competed in the Wasatch Back Relay. It is a 193 mile relay from Logan to Park City along the back of the Wasatch Mountains. Most teams consist of 12 people who each run 3 different times - totaling anywhere from 13 to 20 miles for each person. We had a boys team and a girls team entered in the relay. For the 6th straight year, both the boys and the girls finished 1st in the high school division. The boys ran the entire race in 20 hours and 29 minutes - which is equivalent to about 6:22 per mile - over some fairly difficult terrain. Only 2 teams were able to do the relay faster - the team of BYU runners and the team of UVU runners. I have to give our boys special props for beating the team I run with every year which consists of a group of Weber State Alumni. We are getting older, but we are still pretty strong runners - however, not strong enough to hold off the Davis boys - they ended up beating us by 8 minutes, and I was really proud of the guts and the toughness our boys showed. Good job to Preston, Skylar, Alex, Hayden, Neuner, Brayden, Austin, Brad, Logan, Matt, Adam, and Joe.
The girls also finished as the 3rd best women's team in the entire relay. They finished the course in 26 hours and 10 minutes (about 8:05 pace). Every time I saw them, they inspired me with their positive attitudes and their energy. I know that the running was challenging for them (it is tough for everyone), but they focused on doing their best and helping each other along the way. They demonstrated what it takes to be a TEAM, and I was super proud of their efforts and toughness as well. Excellent work by Jessica, Janice, Becca, Julia, Whitney, Ashley, Hannah, Anni, Brooke, Shea, Anna, and Madi.
Thanks to the parents who helped us with the driving and provided a lot of inspiration - Brad, April, Venice, Charla and Brett, Sydney, and Caleb and Spence (even though i know you are not parents - you still helped out a bunch).

We are NOT meeting on Tuesday (tomorrow) as the original workout paper said. We will be meeting as a TEAM on Thursday at the school for a tempo run and a few 400s. See you there at 7:00 am. I will bring the popsicles.
We will also begin meeting for varsity runs on Wednesday - I will be inviting you if you qualify for these runs - we will be meeting at the school at 7:00am. Let me know if you have questions about this.
I have attached the 2nd workout schedule for the summer. I will also have these with me to hand out on Thursday.

If you are getting these emails, but have not really been running on your own or with us, I encourage you to make a decision about what you are going to do with your summer (at least the running part of it). It is not too late to start working toward the cross country season. It is not too late to start running with us and building a foundation that will really help you in the fall. I hope that you will decide to give a better effort and really put something into this - if you do - I think you will get a lot out of it. Mostly I just want to see each of you doing your best.

Learn to push yourself, have confidence in your ability to improve, get to know your teammates, and keep working hard.
Coach Talley

Cross Country Camp - August 1-5 (more information to come)
Dart Challenge 5k - August 20 (more information to come)

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