Groves Cross Country
Official Practices Begin Wednesday, Aug. 12!
Are you ready to compete in the OAA Blue Division this fall? We'll begin official practices on the Groves track at 8:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 12 -- make sure to get a physical and all your "paper"-work done by then (go to grovesfalcons.com). We start racing on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Mustang Invitational in Northville. Check the Groves pages on athletic.net for information about our schedule this season.
Summer TrainingDive into the world of running as you work to maximize your summer mileage. Log your weekly mileage here and stay connected with the team via social media. Weekday captains' practices will start at 8:30 A.M. every weekday at Beverly Park. Check out the pre-season training document (linked below) for training ideas. Stay tuned for more announcements about targeted team races and prizes for summer mileage achievements.Running FormAs you log more miles and gain more experience, your form (and efficiency) will improve. The bounding and plyometric drills we do before every practice should help as well. You can also focus on some simple ideas that will improve your running form. New Balance's Good Form Running site provides a useful set of principles to run by. You can watch a great breakdown of an Olympian's running technique here. You can also check out this super slow motion clip of the Boston Marathon finishersMake sure you have a decent pair of running shoes in which to train. Local stores like Hanson's, Running Fit, and Level Multisport have experienced runners that can answer questions about your individual running needs. All three stores will give you a discount if you mention that you're running cross country. Above all, find a shoe that fits your running style, frame, and foot-strike pattern.