Fuck Yeah Cross Country

A blog dedicated to lovers of Cross Country and distance running.

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2 weeks ago 4 notes

I wanna do cross country next year but im scared I won't be good enough! Any advice? On what to do?

That’s kind of the beauty of cross country. There’s usually no cuts or tryouts, so everybody gets the opportunity to run. There are no requirements. Feel free to start running now and get a “running start.” It will DEFINITELY help you so much when the season does start. 

Cross Country is SO much fun and team oriented and you will make so many amazing friends and have so much fun. ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!

-RunningIsLife

3 months ago 1 note breathed1saster

I love winter running, but it's super snowy on the east coast currently. that wouldn't be a problem if both the roads and sidewalks weren't very icy. I really have no interest injuring myself in my offseason and I hate running on treadmills, so do you think 30-45 minute HIIT/cardio workouts indoors would be a good replacement? I'll run whenever I can, but it looks like I'm in for a bad winter. thanks! :)

30 minutes every other day really should be enough to keep your fitness up. Mix on some faster stuff just to keep some speed, and you should be good to go. That would be the bare minimum I think.

If you were to do some HIIT/cardio at home for 30-45 minutes everyday or most days of the week, I think you would be fine. Good luck with your break and your upcoming track seasons!

-RunningIsLife

3 months ago annabee43

Hi, I'm a junior in highschool and I want to run a marathon before I graduate in June of 2015. I have run a half marathon last spring and I plan to run another one again this spring. I have done xc all years and I recently became a long distance track kid. I don't know how old you are but I saw that you were training for a marathon. How can you train for one while being a part of track? Is that possible? I wouldn't be training for a time, just to finish. Any advice is appreciated :)

Hey! This is Matt (RunningIsLife). Congrats on your half, and I hope your indoor season is going well. When I was in XC in high school, there were a couple of kids who ran a half marathon during track season. Now a full marathon? That’s a lot more serious. There’s no doubt in my mind that you are physically able to run one if you trained for it; however, doing it during the season could be tough. My best suggestion would be to train for it all summer and do an early fall marathon so it doesn’t mess up with your championship races.

The only thing is recovering from a full can take a lot of time and may mess up with your anaerobic training towards the end of XC.

Another option would be to simply do longer long runs on the weekends during XC season, and then do the marathon after XC season ends and before or at the beginning of indoor. Finding a marathon at that time could be hard.

I would definitely talk to your coach about it and tell him it’s something you really care about and want to do. See what he says and when may be the best time to do it. Good luck!

-RunningIsLife

4 months ago 2 notes runningislife running run cross country xc track track and field submission

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I’ve been running distance for nearly over a year in High School. I’m currently a Senior, 12th grader, that run distance in Cross Country & Track an Field. My 5k this year was an 18:47, idk if that’s good or not for just running little over a year in distance, when I was running in Track striders since 5th to 10th grade. I also currently hold the Gym record at 4:59 although there are kids who could easily beat that in the high school if they tried. But my question is, are these good times for someone as late as me doing distance? And also in 11th I ran my 5k in 20:23. While my mile was 5:23.

Hey Brandon, this is RunningIsLife answering your submission. Here is my question to you: What would you get out of comparing your times with an “average” of people your age and whatnot that have run as long as you (if such an average existed)? There’s really no need to compare yourself with that. Compare yourself with YOURSELF. Have YOU been working as hard as YOU can in practice? Have YOU been going the extra mile to improve YOURSELF? Have you been pushing it in workouts? Have you been improving each year as much as you can? You have to look at your own abilities, your own circumstances, and your own progression in order to get an idea of success - not someone else’s. Don’t worry what the other people are doing or running. Beat your own times and your own limits - not someone else’s. Congrats on your cross country season and good luck with track!!

-RunningIsLife

5 months ago 4 notes

So I have another question... I am just starting practicing for cross country for next year... What I am going to be doing is starting at a 10 minute run every week increase the time by 5-10 minutes... Does that sound okay or should I be doing less or more?

Once a week is not really enough. Aim for 2-3 times a week at first at however much time you can do 10-20 minutes. Every 2-3 weeks (depending on how you feel), you can increase each of those runs by 5 minutes. Continue this until you get to 30. If you are doing it 2 times a week, increase it to 3 times a week when you are at 20 minutes a run for 2 weeks. When you are at 30 minutes a run for 2 weeks, increase it to 4 runs a week. The added runs can be shorter like 15 or 20 minutes. At least on of your days a week should be shorter than the others - like 10 minutes shorter or something.

This is kind of a general framework, so do what you will with it. 

-RunningIsLife