Santa Clarita Track Club Cross Country Newsletter
Newsletter Monday September 24, 2007
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 Congratulations on completing your first official meet on Saturday! As wet and muddy as it was, those are the meets you'll remember for a lifetime. The cool weather made for some impressive performances v. last year. Stay tuned for results to be posted on the website.
Now that we're in competition mode we'll make some slight adjustments to our training calendar. Here's what we'll be working on this week:
MONDAY- Heritage Park @ 6PM
Mondays will continue to be our distance night. This is a recovery night, meaning conversational pace the whole way!
TUESDAY- Saugus High Track @ 6PM
Tuesdays will continue to be our interval night. That means that on a scale of 1 to 10, the effort is a 10! You'll have plenty of time to recover in between repetitions though. We'll increase the total distance a little bit this week in order to continue to push our bodies to handle extreme discomfort, kind of like the last 400m of last Saturday's meet.
THURSDAY- Central Park @ 6PM
Thursdays will become our tempo night. Tempo is a little slower than race pace but is designed to continue to increase your aerobic capacity. When you run at this pace, your body actually grows blood vessels to help carry oxygen through your blood! This is how you train your body to run at an intense pace for longer and longer distances. That means start line to finish line.
I hope everyone is as proud of themselves as I am of all of you. I promise that if you continue to come to practice and focus on the workout of the night, you'll continue to improve through the season. The more discomfort you feel every night, the less you'll feel in the long run.
Looking forward to a relaxing distance run tomorrow night when we can all share our stories of MUD RUN 2007. Until then...
Yours in Running,
Coach Darren
Practice schedule:
MONDAY 9/24:  Heritage Park 6:00-7:15 p.m.
TUESDAY 9/25:  Saugus High 6:00-7:15 p.m.
THURSDAY 9/27:  Central Park. 6:00-7:15 p.m.
SATURDAY RACE DAY 9/29: Our next meet will be held at L.A. Pierce College For directions, click here
AGE GROUP PARENTS-The following people have volunteered to be your child's age group parent.  Please get to know who they are.  They will have your child's race tags on the morning of the race and get them to the start line ready to go.
Gremlin Girls-Donna Harmon
Gremlin Boys-Kellie Verdugo
Bantam Girls-Heather Milliken
Bantam Boys-Doris Walker
Midget Girls-Brian Rush
Midget Boys-Rick Larimore
Youth/Int. Girls-Russ Phillips
Youth/Int. Boys-Linda Peckam
Scholastic Awards
It's time to show everyone how smart you are! It's time to turn in your Scholastic awards.  Please go to the website and print out a copy of the application form for each athlete.  Have your teachers complete the information (Jr. High athletes attach a copy of your latest progress report) and turn in to Karen O'Neil no later than Friday, October 12th.  Athletes maintaining a 3.5 or better GPA are eligible for the Scholastic Award.  Athletes maintaining a 4.0 GPA will receive the Presidential Award.  Don't miss out on this special recognition.
Lap-a-thon Still over a week to GO!!!
This year's lap-a-thon was held on September 17th at Saugus High School. The athlete who raises the most funds and turns them in by the deadline (October 2nd) will win four (4) 3-day park hopper passes to Disneyland park and Disney's California Adventure Park. (a $635+ value). 
Good Luck
"No negative thoughts cross my mind on race day.  When I look into their eyes, I know I'm going to beat them." - Danny Harris
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