Week 2 has come to an end, and I hope you can feel yourselves getting stronger and more confident in your abilities. I was very impressed with the improvements over the previous week at the Vita Course, and I hope you had fun playing Coach Catch on Wednesday (If anyone went home with poison oak, will you please report that to me). Don't forget to send in your mileage for week #2 and for week #1 if you didn't get the chance last weekend.
Cross Country is NOT for the weak. It is a sport that takes a lot of discipline and mental toughness. I hope that you are seeing that in your training. To be a cross country runner, you need to be willing to put in work on a daily basis. You have to get up early in the morning when other teenagers are sleeping in and being lazy. And you have to learn to push through some pain and discomfort. My challenge for you this upcoming week is to run EVERY day (Monday-Saturday). If you have something that keeps you from running every day this week (like girls camp or EFY or family vacation), that challenge extends to next week and the rest of the summer as well. Don't miss days out of laziness or motivation. Get out the door and get your training in - especially on the days you don't feel like it. Next week's email will focus on summer motivation and hopefully give you some ideas that will help keep you running and working through the challenging middle summer months. To begin with - set a goal on a weekly basis for how many miles you want to run that week or something else that will help improve your running (example - 5 days of doing the core routine or getting 7 hours of sleep per night). I think if you take your training one week at a time right now, it will be more manageable and you will start to see the improvements on a weekly basis.
Kick Off Camp - This Thursday-Friday (6/22-6/23). We are meeting at the school at 1:30 on Thursday and heading up to Cutler Flats Campground (north of Pineview). I have attached the information and waiver. The cost is $10 - you will need to bring the money and waiver with you when we meet at the school on Thursday. Checks made out to "Davis County Running Club".
EVERYONE is invited - including 8th graders and anyone who has not yet attended a TEAM practice. It will be a lot of fun - we will get in some nice trail running, play some games, and get to know each other better.
We are still looking for quite a number of parent drivers for both Thursday and Friday. The camp is about an hour away. If you drive Thursday, the time commitment would be 1:30-4:30. If you come and pick us up on Friday, the time commitment is about 9:30-12:00 (picking us up at 10:30).
$10 Summer Money - This is the final reminder to bring $10 to practice if you haven't already. It is to help pay for chocolate milk, bagels, and popsicles at our summer practices.
Kaysville 4th of July 5k/10k - We have a great opportunity for a mid-summer race. If you are in town and able to race at the Kaysville 4th of July 5k or 10k - I would like to see as many of you there as possible. It starts and finishes on our track - you can run either race = 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles). For those of you who have never raced before, it is a good opportunity to gain some experience, to get your first PR, and to see that you can do it!! You can register in person at Bowmans for $25 and they give you a $5 Bowmans Gift Card - or you can register online for $35 (http://www.runnercard.com/roadrace/public/raceGroup/975936)
This Weeks Schedule:
Monday - Vita Course at 6:30am
Tuesday - Meet at Davis at 7:00am - We are going to drive over to the Lagoon Trails (will need drivers)
Wednesday - Run on your own or in groups
Thursday - Kick Off Camp - Meet at the school at 1:30
Friday - Kick Off Camp
Saturday - Run on your own or in groups
Keep up the good work. Get your mileage sent in for week #2 (and week #1 if you missed it).
- Coach Talley
"Running isn't a sport for pretty boys . . . It's about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It's the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It's about the throbbing calves and the cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It's about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion you need to live each and every day with. It's about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there's not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you've finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that's all you can ask for." – Unknown