I hope you enjoyed your last full week of summer break. You may not be ready for school to start back up, but we're approaching my favorite time of the year. I love when it starts to cool off, the leaves turn, and you can see your breath in the morning. I'm also looking forward to all being on the same schedule. It seems like we're missing half of the team every practice due to vacations or church activities. I hope you haven't been skipping practices out of laziness or fear. Running rewards those that are committed, hard-working, and determined. I know cross country isn't easy. It can hurt... a lot! But there's something extremely satisfying about working hard and seeing progress. It builds confidence, it gets you excited, and you start to set your sights on goals that you previously thought were impossible. I promise you won't regret choosing to commit from here on out. It builds mental and physical toughness, and one day you'll be out racing and it will hurt like crazy, but you push through and cross the finish line and think to yourself, "I can't believe I just did that!" It's funny how something can hurt so bad, yet feel so good.
I know for some of you, summer training hasn't gone as planned it was out of your control. Let's move forward with a positive attitude and do our best. This is an exciting and fun time of year! Let's refocus and get ready to work because it will be over before you know it.
Remember to send in your miles. We only have one more week to report miles. I'll attach the mileage files I have and you can email me with any corrections or omissions.
Payson Night Hunt Invitational
Our first official race of the cross country season will be on Friday, August 25th at Legends Field, 1060 South Main St, in Payson. The race will be 3 miles on grass, dirt, and concrete. We'll have to decide if we want to put spikes in our shoes once we get there. We have not been to this race, but coach Talley found it and it sounds fun. Everyone on the team is expected to participate. If you can't race (due to injury), you can still come and support your teammates and have fun. It will be a late night coming home. Here's the schedule:
7:00pm - JV Girls
7:30pm - JV Boys
8:00pm - Varsity Girls (7 girls TBD)
8:30pm - Varsity Boys (7 boys TBD)
9:00pm - Awards
11:00pm - Arrive back at Davis
Racing Shoes (for those who still don't have spikes)
Although it is not required to race in cross country spikes, most of you will want to find a pair of spikes that you can race in this fall. Cross country spikes have a full rubber sole (no hard plastic on the bottom). You can find great cross country spikes at Striders and Wasatch Running. You can also check at Ross and sometimes find some killer deals. And you can order spikes online - I think the best online option is Eastbay.com (last year's models are often at a great discount). Ask your teammates which spikes they like.
In School Routine
Starting Wednesday, we will meet at 2:45 in my classroom (2512) every day after school. Freshman will join us at 3:10 or so by the south doors. Our "hard" practices will last until about 5:00-5:15, our "easy" practices will go until about 4:30-4:45. The first 2 weeks are typically the HOTTEST - make sure you are carrying a water bottle with you all day at school. Also, try to have a snack or something in your locker for after the hard practices. We will figure out lockers this week as well.
Drug Test Consent Form Meeting
We need to get the drug test consent forms signed and out of the way for the year (you won't need to attend again for track). We are meeting with the athletic director at 5:00pm on Thursday (8/24) in the Davis cafeteria - right after practice. We need all the athletes to be there with 1 parent representative. If your parents can't come - still show up and get the form. This meeting will only take 10 minutes. There will be a way to make up if you missed, but it is a ton easier if you can just make it to this meeting. Thanks!
Monday - Meet at Davis at 7:00am. Tempo run + 6 x 400m
Tuesday - Run on your own or in groups (5-10 miles)
Wednesday - Meet in my classroom at 2:45. Light intervals
Thursday - After school practice (3-6 miles). Drug consent form meeting
Friday - Payson Night Race
Saturday - Long run on your own or in groups (6-12 miles)
Sunday - Stretch. Send in miles.
I hope everyone is getting excited for the season to begin! Go get a haircut and pick out your clothes for Wednesday. Look good, feel good. Run fast.