My first cross country race was on 11 September 1972. It was my 14th birthday. I had gone fishing that morning, with my Dad at a pay fishing lake, called Rock Lake, where we had caught big catfish on prior occassions.
The race was two one mile loops around DeSmet Jesuit High campus. In the Varsity race, Paul Heck ran 10:10, I believe. Paul would go on to win the Missouri State title. In the frosh race, I would finish dead last, in 18:11, for two miles. I thought I was going to die.
I did not win my first cross country race until nine years later, in 1981, when I won a 5.8 mlle event at Almaden Quicksilver Park in San Jose, CA, while running for Santa Clara University. I had run somewhere over 350 races by then. I appreciated that win.
Enjoy your race today.
Saturday, September 7, 2019: 5k hilly race, get the first race in
Week 10, Summer mileage, Training week 10, the season is upon us!
Monday: 55 – 60 minute park run
Tuesday: 20 minute warm up run, 3 x mile, hilly, 1/2 mile jog, 8 x 160m stride outs, cooldown
Wednesday: 30-45 minute run, relaxed
Thursday: 80 minute fartlek, 10 x 2 minutes at 5k pace, 2 minute jog, 10 x 1 minute, 5k pace, 1 minute jog, 10 minute warmup up, 10 minute cool down
Friday: 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed
Saturday: 5k hilly race, get the first race in
Sunday: 85-90 minute long run