Sunday, October 28, 2012

Really, really, really excited

I am really excited for tomorrow's first day of practice.  After a great showing by the XC team yesterday at State, I think we have a great foundation we can build some speed on and really do some damage this May up in JeffCo Stadium.  Remember, the goal is to qualify a CHAP runner for each distance event at State.  I really think we can do that, and it all starts tomorrow.  Mid 60's, light wind, should be a great day for some mile time trialing.

A few stray text messages have come in today, and I want to adress them in this forum.  I figure if one person has that question, multiple people might.

On the left hand side of this blog will be our weekly schedule.  I will update it every Sunday night.  Check it before you go to bed Sunday evening, so you know how to prepare for the week of training.  I can train you for two hours a day, the other 22 hours, you need to be the best you can be so the training soaks in.  Planning and forethought are key to recovery.

Also, try to get in the habit of checking the blog every other day, if not every day. Subscribe to this blog, so you can get an email or a text when it is updated.  (Go to the very bottom of this page, there is a "subscribe to" feature you can access.  One of my secondary goals this year is to update this blog almost daily, with information that can make our team stronger and faster.

Always, always, always bring your fast shoes to practice, every practice.  These could be XC race shoes, lightweight racing flats, or track spikes.  If you have them, you can always put them on.  If you don't have them, then you might be stuck doing flying 30's in heavy old trainers.  Put your fast shoes in your bag and bring them every day.

HNR.  Hydration, nutrition and relaxation.  In other words, eat good foods, drink tons of water, and get as much sleep as you can; every day/night until the summer.  The key to running fast is not how hard you train, it is how well you recover and grow stronger.  The training this year will be tough, as always, make sure you take care of yourself.

I want to see everyone tomorrow, after school, at the track.   Sprinters, throwers, XC runners, jumpers.  Everyone.  Bring your filled out registration form, and a check for 75 bucks tomorrow and get signed up.  Even if your discipline does not start working as a group until Thanksgiving, I want to see you tomorrow.  Don't worry throwers, sprinters, jumpers, and XC State boys.  You won't have to run the time trial, but I want everyone there to figure out numbers and go over logistics of the club.

Again, I am really excited about tomorrow.  This is the first step in a long, but fulfilling  journey   Embrace it, I guarantee you won't regret it.


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