Groves Cross Country

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    Wrapping It Up
    Our hard work paid off as over 60% of the team posted personal best times at our final race of the season at Lake St. Clair Metropark on Friday, Oct. 26.  Despite finishing 12th out of 20 teams, I feel that we had a very successful season -- congratulatons everyone!  Although we are now officially done practicing, make an effort to return your uniform to me before the Nov. 6 banquet (6:00 P.M @ Andiamo's).  Place your washed shorts and singlet in a plastic bag with your name on it and return it to me in Room B-3.  
    Week 12: The Final Push
    Following our 3rd place finish in the OAA Blue Division last Thursday, we have our two final competitions this week (unless, of course, we have any state qualifiers). On Monday, a 3:00 one-way bus will take the freshman and sophomore boys to Bloomer Park in Rochester for the Bloomer 9/10 Invitational.  All boys run at 4:45.  On Friday, athletes will dismiss early from school to take an 11:30 one-way bus to Lake St. Clair Metropark for the Regional (8-1) Championship.  The JV boys (all but the top 7) will race at 1:45; the varsity (top  7), at 3:00.  The top three teams and top 15 inviduals qualify for the State Championship meet in Brooklyn, MI on Nov. 3.
    Here's the schedule for the week:
    Monday: Bloomer 9/10 Invitational (or 30 minutes easy)
    Tuesday: 4 x 400 + 4 x 200 (or 30 min. easy if you raced Monday)
    Wednesday: 1 mile @ 5K race pace + strides
    Thursday: Team Voting in Room B-3 
    Friday: Regional Meet @ Lake St. Clair Metropark
    Also, don't forget about our team banquet at Andiamo's on Tuesday, Nov. 6 @ 6:00 P.M. (after you all vote).


    Official Practices Begin Wednesday, Aug. 7!

    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 8 -- make sure to get a physical and all your "paper"-work done by then (go to We start racing on Tuesday, August 27, at the Mustang Invitational in Northville.  Check the Groves pages on for information about our schedule this season.

    Summer Training
    Dive 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 the Groves track. 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 Form
    As 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 finishers
    Get the Right Shoes
    Make 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.

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