Autumn arrives early for cross country runners. August 19th marks our first day of practice, and a sign that soon we will be lining up for our first race of the 2019 season. The warmer air we feel now will soon give way to the cool mornings requiring hats and gloves. A group of 30+ young men will assemble daily, no matter the weather or how they may be feeling that day, all running together toward a common cause of pursuing excellence.
You will want to bookmark our website, and during the season, be sure to check the home page and our blog at least weekly, and more often than that wouldn't be a bad idea. Sunday nights or Monday mornings would be a great time to check as I update typically every Sunday night.
Practices are now mandatory. It's more formal than summer and they need to be showing up every day. If there are known possible conflicts, talk to coach well in advance. Excused absences are rare. Our first official practice is Monday at 3:15 p.m., but please come by 2:15 to get a locker.
Here's our first two week schedule,
First 2 weeks practice Schedule!
Please allow for a couple longer days (2.5ish hours) as we establish routines the first week.
Run-A-Thon is SATURDAY the 24th!
Our biggest week 1 event this year (beside parent/team meeting) is our Run-A-Thon which is happening on Saturday, August 24th. All of the guys on the team are required to attend as it is a practice for the day, and it will be held at the Hale track, kicking off at 5:45 p.m. I'm expecting all the guys to get sponsors and help raise funds for the team, and Children's Hospital. Hopefully all of them have sponsors already. I will post the amount of laps (or miles in the week for the 1 person that can't do the run-a-thon) by the Sunday afternoon following the event. Please return the form and all the collected money by Friday, August 30th!
Click here for fundraiser info
Click here to sign up for the social after!
Parents and family are invited to join in the runathon or encouraged to help with healthy snacks/drinks or with lap counting or music and general support. See the following link if interested in helping sign up for helping us out.
Parents/Families are invited to meet up after around 7:30 p.m. to socialize and get to know each other better.
Talked with the site on Becher that is now open, they will love to have us. I want to keep it around 40-50 people. Mr. Lutz said he could make a cheese platter for us.
Parent/Team Meeting on Tuesday @ 6:00 p.m. in Hale Cafeteria - All athletes should attend!
I will go over are philosophy of 'build' and our team standards, as well as information and ways that parents can get involved. Having the athletes here is important as we continue to share our team messages consistently and so they can be on the same page with our 2019 season. In an effort to save paper, and because it's a lot of detail, I have an electronic version of our parent letter. Feel free to print your own copy and bring it, otherwise use the emailed or linked versions. I will have a limited supply on hand. Below is the letter, and linked within it is our 'Build' philosophy of creating a loving team that does things differently. I'm VERY invested in these concepts and this will be a big daily process for the coaches and athletes to focus on.
Fan shirt orders will also be discussed at the meeting, along with our team store reopening for a short time! Fan shirt order form 2019
Alex White is hosting the last Saturday summer run of 2019! His address is 1131 S. 119th St.
Oh and if you want to download and print our ridiculous 2019 XC schedule, here's the photo to upload to walgreens or elsewhere. 2019 Team Schedule Photo
Our coaches and athletes are excited for an amazing season with many continuing to build off of some solid summer runs together! And welcoming of all the new runners who will begin their journey with us Monday! #Patience
Hale Cross Country isn't for anyone and definitely not for everyone.
It takes strong individuals to dedicate themselves to this sport and team. You are asked to stress your bodies and minds on a daily basis. While many people would rather sleep in on the weekends, our guys are waking up to get their weekly long runs in. They're typically embracing discomfort two times a week in workouts and races, knowing their bodies are capable of getting them to the finish faster than last time. This sport is not always easy, but our guys understand that stress can be a GOOD thing. The guys sacrifice their own comfort for the greater good of their teammates.
Monday is June 24th and an important day. It's a another day to get better as a team. The energy we bring today is the same energy we will bring at meets. Continue to lead with love, and put the interest of your team before yourself. Doing what right can many times be harder than doing what is easy. I heard of 20 plus guys showing up each day doing what is right last week! Keep that consistency and holding every guy accountable. Every guy on the team is a role model through his actions. You influence guys around you, so make sure your actions and communication are doing what is right!
No Limits, run fearless, have fun and include everyone.
Hale CC Youtube page launching soon. Stay tuned for some fun workout videos, interviews and shenanigans. We like to have fun here.
We are improving by realizing that if we want to see our greatest success, then our season begins in the summer. The three most important words in cross country are June, July and August. Consistent training in these months forms the necessary habit for success in season, and builds the strength to help you get the most out of your season. The training is extremely fun and you'll realize that each day the focus is on getting better. You get to decide what you want to do for your team, and have fun motivating each other to be great.
Entering the 2019 summer and fall season, it is clear that Joshua Truchon will be our team captain as he has been a model of what we expect out of our Hale cross country and track athletes. He has trust in the coaches and takes full advantage of his abilities by doing anything it takes to improve. Many of our boys are really buying in and the program is getting stronger because of this. Joshua will help encourage others to understand that by putting in their best effort and trust that they too can be at their best. Our coaches thoughts on a captain is that he is there to allow others to feel comfortable leading. The captain will be someone who allows others to take leadership and holds teammates accountable to our purpose and standards. Joshua will also be there to encourage and help bring guys together toward a common cause.
For the 2019 Summer and Fall seasons, I'm going to have weekly themes similar to last year. The themes will be repeated and applied to that week, but are going to be essential teaching themes that we carry with us each day.
My message for week 1 of summer to the entire team will be to be fearless and take risks. Feel comfortable on this team to be creative and know that you guys are the ones who run this program. Be creative by coming up with new ideas, creating new routes, and by making the right decisions. Be fearless and take chances by running up a group, motivating others to go faster, and looking to do more mileage. You are loved here, so there is nothing to fear. Any failures are ways to learn and mistakes mean we are pushing our creativity and efforts. Both are necessary as a program improves. Understand that you guys are amazing. You train at a high level while balancing school and other extracurricular activities. This is an amazing group of people doing extraordinary things every day!
For freshman, my message is PATIENCE! You will love this sport, but it takes a belief and patience the first few weeks. Many of our freshmen from last year could not even run two miles consecutively during the early summer, but now all of them can run 60 minutes with many having run 10 plus mile runs! Right now is exciting because you do not know what you are capable of or what your future will bring. Latch on to the leadership and experience of our returning guys, and believe from day one that you are great and that you will make history at Hale. Great mountain climbers do not climb giant mountains their first day, but they have the belief from day one that they will get better. There are no limits to what you can achieve, so believe that you are great because you are likely to be what your mind believes. It's never a matter of where you start, but rather where you could go. That's what makes the journey so fun. You guys too, as you grow comfortable, be willing to take chances and run aggressively! I'd always rather you go out too hard rather than never try that at all. Keep doing that, it will eventually stick!
The first week of summer training is not starting over, but rather continuing our journey we are on. It's about continuing our progression as athletes and people. We have made awesome progress as a team over the past year, showing our commitment to love and being our best. We can't become complacent and rely on the past, we have our best opportunity to grow and get better over these next 3 months! Our standards will never diminish and we must hold each other accountable. Assume the role of underdogs again and know that you are always capable of more because we don't set any limits. Have big dreams, but be mission focused and control what you can. You can control things such as your daily attitude, your efforts, and the way you treat others. Not many high school students get the opportunities that you guys have, so make it fun and make it about each other. WE are in this together.