Welcome to XC22, Hawks! Hope everyone is having a nice summer, but now it is time to get to work again. Champions are made in the off-season, which means we need to start running. Only six weeks until our cross country first practice. That’s not as much time as you think.
So here’s the deal, we need to do some running. Some of you have your own workout schedule (I am happy to send anyone else his or her own if you want, just let me know). For others, you need to get some runs in each week.
Studies show that you can’t just hope to fit in your runs and expect to be successful. You need to plan out your workouts ahead of time, setting time aside each week, and then follow through. Some of you, the goal only needs to be two or three miles each run. For others, you need to get those 3-mile runs in and add a longer run on the weekend. Hawks who do the work in the next month or so will find more success this fall, and they will be positive contributors to their age group teams. Unfortunately, those who sit all week and don’t get the runs in will struggle and be at higher risk for injury.
Again – here’s the deal: On Sunday or Monday find three times over the coming week to do three runs. They don’t have to be long or hard, probably best to do them in the morning when it’s cooler. If you don’t put them on the calendar, you will have a hard time getting them done. And there is no good substitute – going for a hike or playing in a pool all day do not replace a 3-4 mile run.
So let’s get out there and do our runs so we can set ourselves up for some real success this fall! Cross country is a team sport, and your teammates are relying on you. Practices begin on Monday, August 22nd, so get yourself ready and invite a friend and let’s make this next season even more successful than our last!
Any questions, please reach out to me any time. Hawks Fly!
Delta Hawks Coaches