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The Saucony 500 Mile Challenge is in it's sixth week now. The three key workouts are the long run on Sunday, the tempo run on Tuesday and the hill workout on Thursday. Truth is, if you have a better way to train for yourself and your team: do it! These are suggestions, as many out there have no one to speak to about training.
Cross country is one of the oldest parts of our sport. It started in the mid 18th century in England with the hounds and harriers idea. A lead runner, the hound, would put out pieces of paper as a trail and the harriers would follow, for perhaps six to nine miles. History does not tell us, but my guess some eating and drinking was involved after.
Cross country is a global sport. In 2014, over 500,000 boys and girls will race cross country in the fifty states. How wil you do? How will your team do? You have to train in the summer to race well in the fall!
Week Five, Day Seven, the Long Run
Sunday: Easy 9-mile run on grass or dirt with friends (400 Mile: 8 miles/300 Mile: 7 miles).
Long runs are important to your overall training. Find some friends, and explore a park for the seven to nine miles you are doing today. Remember to stretch, before and after, and always, always bring water and a dry t shirt for after the run.
And , as we are in week five, have you checked your training shoes?
Last night, in Monaco, under the stars, Molly Huddle proved, once again, that she is the best American women distance runner, period. Her 14:42.64 new American record gives her the top two times by an American woman at the distance. Since August 2010, Molly Huddle has owned the American record, and while some of the top American woman have tried to break the record, it has stood.
Molly Huddle uses cross country as part of her base each year. Her strength, her endurance, and also her drive, come from that experience.
Want to be your best? Then become tough as Molly Huddle.
Take the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge!
Be careful though, the doe-eyed avenger is one tough 5,000 meter runner!