Up early and of to an easy longer run this morning. The temperatures were in the 50s and it was ideal for the run. This was a nice change from the faster and harder workouts to this point. Working the aerobic components of overall conditioning helps lay the foundation for better performances when combined with all the quality type running we’ve been doing. The more advanced runners put in 9 miles others were almost 5 miles and others yet were at 6 miles at the end of it all. Legs are feeling the whole week’s training effects. They all get one or two complete rest days upon return to home.
The discussion this morning was about injuries, injury prevention and pain.The perfect topic given some of the aches showing up after a great week of training.
We broke from our discussions to get out and do some hands on ballistic stretching with strength, skipping and power drills (they love the medicine balls). What is great is that all the games this week have been improving overall conditioning while having fun. Nobody said getting conditioned for cross country had to be boring! Along with all the miles this week and quality running workouts we have integrated many supplementary workouts. It’s funny to see that campers have more energy than they thought once they are put into a game scenario instead of just told to go run some more miles. Similarly, after the drills today – almost to a person – they said they were LESS sore than before the workout! It was a good lesson learned.
The afternoon mental game discussion focused on training vs. trust mindsets. We differentiated what should be the focus of training versus in a race. Races are times to let go – run free – compete – test limits – put it on the line. It is not the time to evaluate form, technique, breathing, or thinking about the next hill or race outcomes. Stay in the moment and go! React!
We finished up with a stroll into town. It was a nice time and campers were relieved that they didn’t have to watch another movie. It was very nice to hear most of the campers already asking about camp for next year. I guess the planning has to begin!