Saucony RBR/Fall Cross Country Program, Week Twelve, the complete week, from RunBlogRun

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Ben True, Edwin Soi, Rieti, Italy, September 8, 2013, 
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This is a big week for you. Twelve weeks into the program, cross country season is under way. A week into the high school season, racing is starting now, and most of the runners you see are in the same place you are: they did some running this past summer, but are trying to get into the early races, and that can be difficult. 

Racing takes time to perfect. The more you race, the more you feel some comfort in racing. High school schedule is crazy, sometimes with two to three races in a week, and that is way too much. 

Use those early season races to get into racing shape. Use the races to hone different skills: running up hills, running down hills, finishing hard. Use those races to get ready for the important races. 
Saucony RBR/ Fall Cross Country Program, Week Twelve, Complete week

Week 12: The Early Season

High school cross country starts quickly with a couple of races a week, so use those early races to get into shape. Continue to build speed. The races will help get you into race form. 

Monday: Warm up; 45-50 minutes easy running; 8x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.

Tuesday: 1-mile warm up, 20-minute tempo run, 1-mile cool down. 
To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to your present mile pace for a 5K. So if you can run 18:30 for a 5K now, that means a 6:00 pace. Add 30 seconds and your tempo run pace is 6:30-per-mile. 

Wednesday: Warm up; 45-50 minutes easy running; 8x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down

Thursday: 1-mile warm up, 8 hill repeats (run 200 yds uphill, turn, jog downhill to start. Repeat seven more times, no rests); on the flat at the bottom of the hill, try for 8x150 yards as easy strikeouts, jogging back to start, no rest between; 1-mile easy cool down.

Or, if a race happens on Thursday and Saturday, finish up with the 10x150 yards and then do your 1-mile easy cool down.

Friday: Warm up; 45-50 minutes easy running; 8x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.

Saturday: Easy 30-minute run, or a race of 5K for high schools, 8K for college.

Sunday: Long, easy run, 65­-70 minutes, on grass or dirt with friends.

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