2016 HOKA One One Fall Cross Country Progam, Week Seven, Day Three

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Morris_150604_6886.jpgNicolle Tully, Adrian Martinez memorial 2015, photo by Kevin Morris

Cross country is about running and nature. Running in parks, over hills, across creeks, gut wrenching hills, scary downhills and long finishes into the chute, catching your breath, telling stories, and cooling down with your friends. Some will become life long friends. Cross country is one of the many magical parts of our sport. This week, more than 550,000 high school boys and girls will be running races across the fifty states of the U.S.A. for cross country! Have fun, make friends, and challenge yourself!

October 5, 2016, Wednesday: Warm up; 6-mile run; 6x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool down.

Week 7: Midway Through the Season!

This week is tough. Check your shoes to make sure they aren't too worn. Consider getting racing shoes for the serious races and using them for your tempo runs.

October 3, 2016, Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run; 6x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool down.

October 4, 2016, Tuesday: 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 18:50 min for a 5K, that's 6:05 pace. Add 30 seconds to get your tempo run pace of 6:35 per mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, about once a month.

If you race today, try a 20 minute fartlek, one minute at mile pace, one minute easy, repeat ten times, then, easy cooldown.

October 5, 2016, Wednesday: Warm up; 6-mile run; 6x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool down.

October 6, 2016, Thursday: 1-mile warmup, 7 hill repeats (run 200 yds uphill, turn, jog downhill to start; repeat 6 times, no rests); 1-mile easy cool-down. If you have a race, then, after race, do a twenty minute Holmer fartlek, with twelve minutes out, come back in eight to ten minutes, running hard. Then, cooldown.

October 7, 2016, Friday: Warm up; 6-mile run; 6x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool down.

October 8, 2016, Saturday: Race day. Warm up, listen to your coach, race, cool down. Long cooldown, and remember to stretch!

October 9, 2016, Sunday: Easy 9.5-mile run on grass or dirt with friends.

Week 8: Increase Your AM Runs

This is a good time to get your fall racing shoes and use them for tempo runs. If you're an advanced runner, up your easy runs to 30-35 minutes on Mon-Wed-Fri, still doing them at the opposite time of day from your hard workout.

October 10, 2016, Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run; 7x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool down.

October 11, 2016, Tuesday: 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 18:50 min for a 5K, that's 6:05 pace. Add 30 seconds to get your tempo run pace of 6:35 per mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, about once a month. After your tempo run, finish up with four 200 meter cut downs, where you work on your finish a bit, and then, cooldown.

If you race today, then, after the race, get into your training shoes and do a twenty-five minute fartlek, where you run race pace for two minutes, easy run three minutes, repeat five times. Cooldown.

October 12, 2016, Wednesday: Warm up; 6-mile run; 7x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.

October 13, 2016, Thursday: 1-mile warmup; 5 hill repeats (run 200 yds uphill, turn, jog downhill to the start; repeat 4 times, no rests); on the flat at the bottom of the hill, try for 8x150 yds as easy strideouts, jogging back to the start, no rest in between; 1-mile easy cool-down.

If you race today, then, after race, get on your training shoes, and run five hill charges of two minutes, jog two minutes to three minutes in between, and then, cool down.

October 14, 2016, Friday: Warm up; 6-mile run; 7x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool down.

October 15, 2016, Saturday: Race day. Warm up, listen to your coach, race, cool down. Do a long cooldown and remember to stretch afterwards.

October 16, 2016, Sunday: Easy 9-mile run on grass or dirt with friends.

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