Cross Country

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Cross Country
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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 8:50pm

Cross Country practice started for our 2nd thru 8th graders on July 6th.  The older ones are already up to about 3 1/2 to 4 miles total during practices which include the warm-up and cool-down jog.  Sean missed this week due to scout camp and heading to a family reunion this coming weekend and he will miss all of next week due to staying with his grandparents.  I did go ahead and purchase a better running shoe for him this year as he has been doing so good the last few years.  He said the shoes are too fast for his pace!  I guess that means they are working out well for him!  Meets start the same time school starts- before the end of August!

-Jen

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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 12:27pm
My J would never consider joining the running club at his scool. He's entering 7th grade. That is when Cross Country starts here.

D will sometimes run in the optional running club at his school, but it is during lunch recess and most of the time he would rather play.

Both boys just ran a race this past weekend. I was tickled that they decided to sign up and run :smileyhappy:
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Registered: 12-16-2003
Sat, 08-04-2012 - 9:53pm
Nice! Hope he has a great season!!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 04-26-2002
Tue, 08-07-2012 - 3:12pm

Last night the total run was nearly 4 miles.  Since Sean has been away for 2 weeks due to scout camp, illness, and visiting grandma... he was a little slower, but he still did great.  It took him 43 minutes to do the practice run plus whatever time it took for the slow warm up and cool down jogs before and after stretching.  Friday there will be no practice in hopes that many kids have signed up to do the 5k run that benefits the local public high school cross country and track programs.  It's a night event that starts on the track, goes up and back a country road, through the small park near the school, back around the track and finishes at the football field.  They will use tons of glow sticks to "light" the way on the country road section and maybe other areas.  Some runners have on glow stick necklaces and such.  It's pretty fun!

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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 12:31pm

My 7th grader just came home and mentioned he was thinking about trying out for track & field but it doesn't start until Spring. I guess b/c it's SO hot here right now. 

Congrats to your DS on doing cross-country! I don't think I could do it! What kind of shoes do they need?

Lisa 

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Registered: 04-26-2002
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 1:28pm
Generally, cross country is a fall sport while track and field is a spring sport. And since many of the kids are so young, just a good pair of tennis shoes. However, this year, there is a local running store that has opened and many have gone there to get running shoes. They carry much of the same brands, but the next higher quality of the shoes that are lighter and more supportive. Plus the coaches and running store are telling people to get synthetic socks rather than cotton socks so the feet don't stay wet when they sweat. My son does really like his new shoes... he said it feels almost like he's not wearing anything and that's what they were going for.
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Registered: 09-30-2011
In reply to: cmlisab
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 6:36pm
jenlivi2 wrote:
Generally, cross country is a fall sport while track and field is a spring sport. 


Ohhhh...you can tell I can know nothing about these sports! :smileyembarrassed:  I'll have to check the school's website to see if they offer cross-country this fall.