2016 HOKA ONE ONE Fall Cross Country Program, Week Three, Day One, presented by HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals

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Cross country season is on and running for Fall 2016! Results from Milesplit and Dyestats are all over the twittersphere, great video and pictures get one excited. For me, the opening of cross country is typically near the end of September when I go to the Stanford Cross Country Invitational.

Alexander_Colby-5thAve16.JPGColby Alexander, photo by PhotoRun.net

HOKAONEONEpostalnationals.com started August 23. The two mile postal event is one of the most simple but also most fun events to add on for a cross country season. We used to do two miles postals at beginning and end of the season. My dream is that every high school cross country program in the US signs up and does the postal!

I hope everyone enjoys the last weekend of summer. Here is your workout for Monday, September 5, 2016:

Week 3: Getting the Habit Started

Make sure you're doing your runs on a variety of surfaces--dirt, grassy fields, sand, road, track. It's good for the feet and helps you use your feet in a healthy variety of ways. You'll be a little sore this week as your body adjusts. Drink your liquids, sleep, eat well, and hang out with your friends.

Monday, September 5, 2016: Warm up; 5 miles easy running; 2x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool down.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016: 1-mile warm-up; 20-min tempo run; 1-mile cool-down. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to your present mile pace for a 5K. For example: If you currently run 19 min for a 5K, that's 6:10 pace. Add 30 seconds to get your tempo run pace of 6:40 per mile. Recalculate your pace as your fit- ness improves, about once a month.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016: Warm up; 5 miles easy running; 2x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool-down.

Thursday, September 8, 2016: 1-mile warmup; 3 hill repeats (run 200 yds uphill, turn, jog downhill to start; repeat twice more, no rests); 1-mile easy cool-down.

Friday, September 9, 2016: Warm up; 5 miles easy running; 2x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Race day. Warm up, listen to your coach, race, cool down. Sunday: Easy 7-mile run on grass or dirt with friends.

Sunday, September 11, 2016: Easy 7-mile run on grass or dirt with friends.


Week 4: Training Gets Rolling

This week, runners run daily for main sessions. Advanced athletes should add a 20-25-minute session (3 miles) of easy running on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Do these runs at the opposite time of day that you do your hard workout.

Monday, September 12, 2016: Warm up; 5-mile run; 3x150 yds relaxed stride- outs on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016: 1-mile warmup; 20-min tempo run, 1-mile cool- down. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half- minute to your present mile pace for a 5K. For example: If you currently run 19 min for a 5K, that's 6:10 pace. Add 30 seconds to get your tempo run pace of 6:40 per mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, about once a month.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016: Warm up; 5-mile run; 3x150 yds relaxed stride- outs on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool down.

Thursday, September 15, 2016: 1-mile warmup; 4 hill repeats (run 200 yds uphill, turn, jog downhill to start; repeat 3 times, no rests); 1-mile cool-down.

Friday, September 16, 2016: Warm up; 5-mile run; 3x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in be- tween; cool down.

Saturday, September 17, 2016: Race day. Warm up, listen to your coach, race, cool down

Sunday, September 18, 2016: Easy 8-mile run on grass or dirt with friends.

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