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Cross country running

Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain such as dirt or grass. Sometimes the runners are referred to as harriers (dogs). The course, typically long, may include surfaces of grass, and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. It is both an individual and a team sport; runners are judged on individual times and teams by a points-scoring method. Both men and women of all ages compete in cross country, which usually takes place during autumn and winter, and can include weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow or hail, and a wide range of temperatures.

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Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running. -Sarah Condor

Contributed by Adam Trujillo

Everyday at practice The Kamiakin XC team puts in the time. We focus on working our hardest and never giving up. the moment you begin to think you can no longer do it, keep going. when it hurts, know that your getting better and improving yourself and your team. The work you put in is the ultimate decider of what you get out of it. Today our XC team ran and did 10x400 meter sprints. The goal was 8, but then the coach suprised us and said if you did it in under 90 seconds you must do 2 more. The option was also given to anyone that got more than 90 seconds, however was not required.We had 2 girls continue to run. they dug deep and did more then they ever thought possible. That effort demands respect! They are now more mentally strong for it!

Contributed by Sarah Gastman

"You're fine." "I don't care." "I didn't hear any thunder." "What are we doing today?....We're running!!!" "I'm making you better!" "Aren't you proud? You're the only ones crazy enough to be outside right now!" (It was sleeting) (During abs) "Only 20 seconds left...you can do anything for 20 seconds!" (During Planks) "If you look like a TP you're doing it wrong!"

Contributed by Elizabeth Tsang

Fort Frye High School Cross Country

The 2012 State meet. The Fort Frye girls team made history with going to the 2011 state meet and the boys team followed in their footsteps with going in 2012 and 2013.

Contributed by Tina Ward

Cross country running is the equivalent of all other sport's punishments. I like to run, it makes me smile. I think I'll run another mile. Run like you stole something! Cross-country finally a good use for golf courses. Second place is the first place loser. If you can't win, make the guy ahead of you break the record.

Contributed by Tina Ward

Directions on how to run

Contributed by Annabelle Nicole Lucero

This video has a lot of great tips on choosing the best running shoe for yourself. I suggest all you runners out there watch this!

Contributed by Skylar Brooks

False Fact

You have to stretch before exercise Stretching before exercise is the main way to improve performance and avoid injury, everyone stretches … but researchers have been finding that it actually slows you down. Experts reveal that stretching before a run can result in a 5 percent reduction of efficiency; meanwhile, Italian researchers studying cyclists confirmed that stretching is counterproductive. Furthermore, there has never been sufficient scientific evidence that pre-exercise stretching reduces injury risk. www.mnn.com

Contributed by Vanessa Lam

Getting ready for practice with a buddy

Lets be running buddies

Contributed by Peter Sohn

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