I hope that you have had a good week on your own (without any TEAM practices). Sometimes I think running on your own is good for you because it helps you have ownership and take accountability over your own running. There is definitely something very personal about running, and if you only ever run when you are with a team or friends, then you are missing out on a very important, rewarding, and enjoyable part of running. If you haven't already, send me an email and let me know how the week went. It always surprises me how quickly the weeks go by, and we have just finished up our 5th week of summer. After this upcoming week, we are half way through our summer training program. I know that many of you are working hard and really creating a great base for us to build on going into cross country. Some of you may not have had the greatest first half of the summer, but it is not too late to start stringing together some solid weeks of running to prepare you for the fall.
This week is a little different from the previous weeks. Monday is still part of the moratorium, and so we are meeting as a group on Tuesday and Friday this week. Here is the schedule:
Monday - On your own or in groups - run Vita Course if you can't come on Tuesday with the group.
Tuesday - Vita Course - 6:30am
Wednesday - On your own or in groups
Thursday - On your own or in groups
Friday - Meeting at Barnes Park (West Kaysville) at 7:00am for a tempo run
Saturday - On your own or in groups (long run)
Cross Country Camp - I sent out the information earlier this week. I am hoping to have commitments by Tuesday at practice. A few of you have already confirmed that you can come. If you are on the invite list, but cannot attend, please let me know ASAP. We would like to fill all of those spots with alternates. Those of you interested in earning one of the last camp spots, the TEAM workouts this week will be very important in determining who we will bring. Sorry once again that we can't bring everyone.
Legacy Midnight Run - We are in charge of a few aid stations and the finish line at the Legacy Midnight Run on Friday (7/15). We need to get 25 volunteers - athletes, parents, friends, siblings (anyone can volunteer). We will meet at the Farmington Fairgrounds at 7:45pm on Friday. We will be working until 12:30am (or a little earlier depending on the assignment). It is a fundraiser that helps raise a little bit of money for the team. It can also be a pretty fun night. Please let me know if you can sign up to help.
That is it for now. Thanks for working so hard and sacrificing so much this summer. I know it is really hard being a runner sometimes, but I truly believe that the work will pay off and that we are building something special (a TEAM). I challenge each of you to dig a little deeper and give a little more over the next 2-3 weeks. Push yourself, surprise yourself, and make yourself proud. I am looking forward to the cross country season when our hard work and our teamwork pays off. Believe in yourself! Believe in your TEAM!