2016 Cross Country
Hello Hawbridge Community,
I hope that everyone is having a safe and active summer. With the 2016-2017 school year approaching, I wanted to send out some information about the upcoming cross country season.
Cross country is a challenging but rewarding sport, with a focus on setting personal goals and achieving them through hard work and dedication. The Hawbridge School Cross Country team are the two-time defending champions in the Central Carolina Athletic League, and hope to add to this legacy in the 2016 season.
Cross Country practice/tryouts will begin August 2nd. Sessions will be held from 8:15am – 10:15am. This first week, there will be a session Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Beginning on August 8th, practices will be held from 3:45pm – 5:45pm, Monday-Thursday. This will be the typical practice schedule once school begins. Students who plan to attend practices/tryouts for cross country should bring water and some form of electrolyte replacement (I’m partial to Skratch Labs). Students should come dressed to workout the entire session (i.e. running shorts/spandex, t-shirt/tank top, running shoes). If you are looking for good quality running shorts/spandex at an affordable price, Target has an excellent selection from Champion. For good quality running shoes I would highly recommend visiting a specialty store such as Fleet Feet Sports in Carrboro (they offer a cross country discount). Racing flats or spikes are not necessary. I would recommend going with a light weight trail running shoe though.
Cross County is a very challenging sport, and the first day of practice will be difficult. It is important that runners not get discouraged if their first couple of days are a little rough. The heat and level of intensity make it tough even for the students who worked out all summer long. There is normally at least one student who vomits on day one, and that is ok.
The cross country meet schedule for 2016 is currently TBD. Last season the meets were held on Thursdays, with very few deviations. Invitational races will be a big focus this year, which will require a few Saturdays, mainly from the high school runners.
In these last couple of weeks before the season, students should be running consistently. Runs should be at least 4-5 days a week, and 45-90min in length. If a student has not been training this summer that will not keep them off the team, it just means they have some catching up to do.
Please contact me with any questions regarding cross country.
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