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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Monday, July 28, 2014, Week Seven, Day One: 
Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 Mile: 5 miles/300 Mile: 3 miles); 6x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down. #saucony500
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Six, Day Seven, your long run, Sunday, July 27, 2014: 

Sunday: Easy 9-mile run on grass or dirt with friends (400 Mile: 8miles/300 Mile: 7 miles). #saucony500

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Molly Huddle is on a four race winning series. She won the US 5000 meter title on June 27, then, won a mile in a PB in Ireland (4:26.81) on July 12. On July 18, Molly broke the American record (her own) at 5,000 meters in 14:42.64. 

And on Saturday, July 26, Molly Huddle won the BIX 7 miler, in 36:15, on a very warm and humid day. Oh, and Molly Huddle ran the fastest time EVER by an American woman! 

Rest days are as important as the hard days. Today is an easy day. Enjoy it. Watch the World Junior Athletics Champs today from Eugene, Oregon, on Universal Sports, or today and get inspired! 


xchero.jpegSaucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Six, Day Three, July 23, 2014:

Wednesday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 Mile: 5 miles/300 Mile: 3 miles); 5x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down. #saucony500

Cait Chock has more good ideas in one day than many prospective writers have in months. This piece, an interview with Matt Fitzgerald, is a case in point. Matt is one of my favorite endurance writers: thoughtful, well researched, plus a nice sense of humor. His themes on diet and sports culture are fascinating. His Diet Cults book reviews some of the true eccentrics out there in the diet kulturkampf. 

Cait asked some great questions of Matt. Fitzgerald loves to write and is really a nutritional agnostic. His approach allows you to make the right decisions for your needs. That, is the key. A little bit of commonsense in a world search for easy nutritional answers. Theme: work out with some thought, eat with some thought. 


xcsauconyheroshot.jpgThe 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! 

xcsauconyheroshot.jpgSaucony 500 Mile Challenge, Sunday, July 20, 2014, 

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! 


Molly Huddle races in Rome, June 5, 2014, 
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xcsauconyheroshot.jpgSaucony Week Five, Day Five, July 18, 2018

Friday: Warm up; 5-mile run (400 Mile: 4 miles/300 Mile: 3 miles); 4x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.

Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Five, Day Four, them hills: July 17, 2014

Thursday: 1-mile warm up; 4 hill repeats (run 200 yds uphill, turn, jog downhill to start. Repeat three more times, no rests); 1-mile cool down.

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