Other important Information
SHOES - Shoes MUST be running appropriate. If you as a parent would not run in them, don’t allow your child to run in them. Running is not as simple as putting on any pair of shoes and taking off. Having a good pair of running shoes can make a world of difference in the growth of your child’s stride, their physical growth, and injury prevention. Basketball shoes are very heavy and NEVER a good idea to run in. Converse, TOMS, or any other kind of casual sneaker/loafer should also be excluded from running in. You do not have to go out and buy expensive running shoes, but taking the time to research and go into a running store to get fitted for the right shoe is very beneficial. A good pair of running shoes will also last a lot longer than your average casual shoe. Some very good shoe brands that are popular in the running world are:
Saucony (my personal favorite and I highly recommend)
You can go to places like Run for Your Life who often send us coupons on shoes. Totally worth it!
PRE-SEASON EXPECTATIONS - If your child is thinking about trying out for the XC team, they should start practicing over the summer. XC is typically a Fall sport, so they should not come into the new school year with no practice. We have some very fast and phenomenal runners at this school, so if they want to do their best, I highly recommend they run one or two days a week this summer. They should work their way up to be able to run at least 1 mile without stopping. Start by jogging or running for 5 minutes straight. Each week, add a little bit of time to that and see if they can reach 20 minutes without stopping by the end of the summer. Middle School XC runners run a 2 mile RACE anywhere between 14 and 25 minutes.
PRACTICE - Runners will practice 5 days a week for 45 minutes. They will learn the fundamentals of running. How to properly stretch before, as well as stretch after to cool down. They will focus on building stamina, and strength while running long distances.