Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
August 24, 2015
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Dear Storm Team,
To the coaches, parents, and athletes of the greatest youth running program known to man I write the latest installment of our weekly newsletter.
I'm coming off a high of a weekend I want to share with you.  Hopefully the two pictures I added were able to be included.  So first, I missed you guys at practice Saturday and I wouldn't do that for just anything.  So what took me away, well, I had the pleasure of climbing Mt. Whitney with my very best friend Lee Ciuffitelli for his 40th birthday.  Our birthdays are about a month apart and this was his special gift.  I won't bore you with too many details but I included two pictures for a reason, first is the importance of a great friend.  The value of a great friend is something that can't be replaced.  You understand each other, you push each other to greatness, you encourage each other to do good in the world, and many other amazing things that you can't do alone.  You'll have a lot of good friends in life but few great friends so when you find them really cherish them.  The second picture is a selfie at the top of the highest point in the US at 14,505 feet.  We climbed this mountain in 1 day and took about 13 hours of hiking, and 16 hours total including stops and naps.  Yep, I actually took 2 naps.  We started climbing at 3am with headlamps, and got back to the trailhead at 7pm.  Here's the deal though, I am 100% confident without my running background I would not have pushed through the ups and downs, literally and emotionally, and enjoyed it at the same time.  Running is a sport that will challenge every part of your body, soul, and spirit to persevere through difficulties both on the trail and in life.  Remember that even this week as we begin the 4th week of training!!!  I can't believe it, 3 down and 10 to go until the last regular season race.  It's time to really kick it into gear.
I've seen everyone progressing well, even in the heat, but we have to keep pushing forward.  Does that mean more distance, yes in most cases, but what are the keys you ask to getting you geared up for the racing season?  Two words: Speed, Hills.  That's right it's time to start incorporating speed and hill repeats into our workouts.  Now more than ever it is going to be essential that you show up to every practice if you've set big goals for yourself.
This week we are going to begin with a long run on Monday.  Let's review that run for a moment: this is a steady but comfortable run, you don't want to take off fast and return slow, you want to ease into the run and feel like you are getting stronger and stronger throughout.  We'll add a little more core Monday as well.  Tuesday we will return to COC and we will be running on the top ridge of the mountain with some longer out and back repeats. At this practice it is essential you listen to the instructions with each interval so you maximize the workout.  Thursday we will be at Central Park and we will be running some steady tempo over the hills.  Last Tuesday at Central Park many of you found out the hard way how important pacing is.  When I give you the workout and the time to run, start to imagine the pace you would want to start at so you don't fall apart half way through.  Saturday will be a longer run again with some tempo mixed in.
A special thanks to the parents for your encouragement to your kids, they are responding well to practices and are doing great and I attribute that greatly to you.
Thanks for a great season so far and see you Monday night.
Coach Jeremy


Storm Spirit items
Today is the last day to order Stormwear, bring order form and payment to practice by August 24th for the new warm up clothes and the cross country shirt.  we also have forms available at practice.
This Weeks Practice Locations & Times
Cross Country will practice at the following locations:
Monday - West Creek Park - at 6:00 - 7:15 pm
24247 Village Circle
Valencia, CA 91354

Tuesday - College of the Canyons - at 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Near Baseball Diamonds Behind Track Stadium (purchase day parking pass at kiosk for $3.00, COC does issue parking tickets from time to time.)

Thursday - Central Park - at 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Near Basketball Courts

Saturday - Central Park - at 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Near Basketball Courts
Conference Pre-Season Race
There is a 2k (8 and under), a 3k (9 through 12), 4k (13 and Older), 5k (High School/Adult) cross country race planned for September 5th, 2015 at El Cariso Community Regional Park. (Registration opens at 7:00 am) First Race will be at 7:30 am. I will post a flyer when I get it and will update the website with information.
This year our lap-a-thon will be on Saturday September 12 at Central Park.
The Lap-a-thon is a fund raising event used to support our program and our national athletes. We will give the kids a chip, and setup our chip timing system, we will run laps at Central park while playing music for 45 minutes or so. The kids are encourages to seek donations either of 2 ways a per lap amount such as $3 or $4 dollars per lap or a flat donation of $5 or $10. All kids who raise at least $40.00 will receive a special Lap-a-thon prize. The kids will also be entered into a raffle on a 1 ticket per dollar raised and other prizes will be awarded at the end of season banquet. (more details on that as we get closer to the event).
Please click here to download the Lap-a-thon form and start raising funds.
The deadline to turn in funds will be Oct 1.

Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club