Widefield High School Cross Country Team Blog
This Saturday, September 5th, is our one and only home meet of the season. We love hosting a meet on our course where we practice every day. We plan to represent ourselves and our school well and would love to have a great turnout of parents to cheer us on.
The meet starts at 9am with the Boys Varsity. Girls Varsity will follow at 9:30. Boys JV and Girls JV will start at 10 and 10:30 respectively. All races take place at the Widefield Community Center. There will also be a Junior High race at 8am.
If you are willing to help make the race run smoothly on race day, please let Coach Nelson know. We can use some help during the races as well as assistance with course set up and tear down before and after the meet.
We hope to see you Saturday!
Notes for the Week
There are 2 pieces of information you will want to know about for this week.
First, on Thursday from 4-8pm Colorado Running Company will be hosting a high school cross country spike night. They will have pizza, college runners on hand to talk running and training, and will offer 20% discounts on racing and training shoes to high school runners. Racing shoes are an important part of being a competitive cross country runner, so if you need training shoes or racing shoes, or need to figure out what it is that you need, this would be a great chance! Colorado Running Company is located at University Village Center on North Nevada just south of Trader Joe's.
Second, some information about our upcoming meet this Friday. This is the same course we will run on at State, so many of the top teams in the state will be there to get acquainted with the course. Our JV girls will run at 4:30. The Varsity girls run at 5:00. JV boys will run at 6:30 and Varsity boys at 7:00. There will be a $5 fee for parking, so please plan accordingly. All of the information you need about the race can be found at The Cheyenne Mountain Stampede web site.
We will open the 2015 season with a scrimmage hosted by Lewis Palmer in Palmer Lake on Saturday, August 22. Directions to the race can be found on the "Schedule" tab.
Please note the start time for the scrimmage is 8am for the boys and 8:45 for the girls. The bus will leave from Widefield at 6:30am sharp. All runners are expected to go to the scrimmage and will have something to do. However, only runners who have attended every practice will have enough practices to meet CHSAA's minimum practice rule and be able to compete in the scrimmage.
Pre-Season Info 2015
The 2014 edition of WHSXC is nearly upon us! As summer comes to an end there are several things you should be aware of.
First, for the last week of summer instead of our usual summer runs we will have our Pre-Season "Camp" where we meet at different parks and trails around town to run and workout. Instead of meeting in the morning we will meet at 3:00 each day--the same time practice will be. This will help us get adjusted to running in the heat and later in the day. Please see the Pre-Season Camp Page for details.
On Tuesday, August 11th there will be a Parent/Athlete Meeting in the WHS Auditorium at 6:30pm. There will be a general informational meeting and presentation followed by a cross country specific meeting.
All student athletes will need a physical before they can participate in any sport. Physicals will be available on Saturday, August 15th in Bower's Gym at noon for girls and 1:00pm for boys. Please be prompt and show up on time. The cost is $15, cash only.
The first day of practice is Monday, August 17th. Practice will start promptly at 2:55. We will meet at the WHS stadium. Be sure to have your yellow card. (Get this by turning your physical paperwork and parent paperwork in to the main office. All paperwork is available in the Main Office or at the Parent's Meeting. Do not show up with your paperwork at 2:30 on the 17th and expect to make it to practice on time as there will be a line! Be proactive! All paperwork can be turned in at the physicals on August 15th.)
School starts on Tuesday, August 18th.
We jump right into the season with a scrimmage hosted by Lewis Palmer at Palmer Lake on Saturday, August 22nd. Not all runners will compete, but all members of the team should plan on attending.
This season may just prove to be the best in the history of Widefield Cross Country. Let's get it off to a great start by taking care of everything we need to in order to be ready for the first day of practice!
There are very few vital pieces of equipment for runners. Good shoes are one. A running watch is another. There are lots of types of running watches. Some, along the lines of the classic Timex IronMan variety, have timer modes, can do splits, and keep running time. Splits can be very important for interval training.
However, for distance runs and tracking mileage, a GPS watch can be a very valuable tool. (Conversely, most smart phones and many apps can be used to track mileage, distance and routes as well.) If you decide you would like a GPS watch and you are not concerned with using it to time intervals, I would suggest the Garmin Forerunner 10. This is the watch we have a few of available for use at practice. It is a no-frills, but very useful watch that can be had at an affordable price for GPS watches. It comes in 2 sizes and many colors.
Two options for buying a Garmin Forerunner 10 online are through Amazon.com and Running Warehouse. Running Warehouse has many GPS watches available, including the Forerunner 10. Additionally, by entering the code RUNBLOG10, you can receive a 10% discount on your order at Running Warehouse. (Coach Nelson buys lots of his shoes through Running Warehouse, using this discount.)
If you have additional questions about watches, GPS watches, and running Apps, ask Coach!