It was another fine week of running. Great work at Vita on Monday and the Lagoon tempo run on Tuesday. And thanks to all of you who came to the kick-off activity on Thursday (also thanks to all the parents who were able to help!). It was fun running the Elephant Rock Trail with so many of you, and we had a great time at Cherry Hill! I have to say I am very impressed with the first 3 weeks of summer. After two weeks of reporting mileage, both the boys and the girls are on record pace. The boys are at 6,889 miles and the girls are at 4,086 (both records for the first 2 weeks of summer). Keep up the great work! We are really just getting started. I have attached the training schedule for the next 4 weeks of summer. Continue to progress and build at a pace or rate that you can stay healthy with. Stay consistent and stay patient - you will see improvement!
I know it is early in the summer, but there is a group of you who have not been able to make it to any practices yet. And there are a few of you who have not had a chance to do any running yet. IT IS NOT TOO LATE! Don't give up on your dream of being a Davis Cross Country Runner Start this week. Don't be afraid of coming to the TEAM practices. We will make sure you only do what you are capable of doing at this point.
Kick-off Activity - For those of you who were not able to make it, we talked about our core beliefs or philosophies that we want you all to buy into it. Here is a summary...
1. TEAM running - For a sport considered "individual", we put a ton of emphasis on the TEAM. It is a challenge to build unity with such a large team, but if we work together, we can do it. We want you to love your teammates and create strong friendships. If you love your teammates, you will train and race harder for them. We want you to work on feeling genuine excitement when your teammates are doing well, and also to encourage your teammates when they are struggling. And we feel that it is important to work together and push each other in practice (and races) rather than competing against each other.
2. Hard Work - Coach Anderson talked about how being your best is not going to come easy. It is not just going to happen - we have to work for it. You have to be willing to push through pain and put in the hard work in order to get stronger and faster. We feel it is important to focus on being YOUR best rather than THE best - stressing the importance of NOT comparing yourself to other runners.
3. Healthy Living - There are a lot of little things you can do outside of running to get better. Coach Timothy talked about sleep, nutrition, hydration, strength training (core and weights), stretching, and massage. The stretching and massage can help to prevent injury or help to heal an injury; we want to focus on the prevention. We will be reviewing our stretching and strength routine with handouts at practice this Thursday (after the tempo run).
4. Run with passion and heart - Running is more fun and more rewarding when you give your full effort. Fall in love with running (the good and the bad, the hard and and the easy). Be passionate about being part of this team and give your whole heart into being your best.
Kaysville 4th of July 5k - A lot of people on the team (and their families) will be running the Kaysville 4th of July 5k (or another race on the 4th). It is a great time for a mid summer 5k race. I would encourage you all to do it, but it is not mandatory. You can register online for $35 (www.runnercard.com) or in person at Bowmans for $25 (Bowmans also gives a $5 gift card). Registration closes Friday, July 1st at 6:00pm. The race starts and finishes on our track. I will be racing this year
Wednesday, July 6th - Jared Ward will be presenting at Wasatch Running Center in Centerville at 6:30pm. I hope we can get a ton of members of our TEAM and their families there to listen and support. For those who don't know, Jared is a former Davis and BYU runner and will be representing the USA at the Olympics in the Marathon on August 21st in Rio. It should be an awesome presentation.
Monday - Vita Course @ 6:30am - Theme is Super Heroes.
Tuesday - On your own or in groups
Wednesday - On your own or in groups
Thursday - Meet at the school at 7:00am - Nichols Hollow Tempo Run + strides on the field
Friday - Girls run at Heritage Park (in Kaysville by the Library) - 7:00am
Friday - Boys run at Farmington Pond lower parking lot - 7:00am
Saturday - Long run on your own
Next Week (July 5-11)- We are not meeting as a team because of the UHSAA Moratorium (no practice throughout the state).
Don't forget to send me your weekly training log (we just finished week #3).
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