Start of Official Practices Week One 8/16 – 8/22

We’re here! The start of the official XC season is upon us and with it some transitional time. First, we’ll be transitioning to afternoon practices and meeting at the school for the majority of practices. With this change, we’ll be adjusting to the schedule we’ll have when school starts. Also, many people who haven’t been able to workout in the mornings will be able to join us and in varying levels of fitness. So, we’ll start a new training cycle that allows for an ease into fitness.

Practices are now 5-days a week, and until school starts we’ll meet at 3pm for practice. Once school starts we’ll have to bump back the start time to 4pm, but the longer we can be done earlier in the evening, the better.

If you are not on the Remind app, please download it and use the join code: @bdg8hag

I will be using Remind for the most pertinent changes and information updates, like changes to practice schedules due to smoke. I’ll make sure if changes need to be made I’ll send a remind at least 30 minutes before the start of practice. Also, if you’re on Instagram, our team account is @mv_xc. Updates are put up there as well.

Be sure to check the schedule on Athletic.net to get meet dates. I’ll be providing information for each meet as they get closer and will be posting the information on this site.

 

Week One Workouts

Monday 8/16 – 3pm @ MVHS. Meet at the XC tree near the entrance to the stadium. Easy run day. Core & stretching.

Tuesday 8/17 – 3pm @ MVHS. Run to Al Moody Park for short hill repeats. Strength & stretching back at MV.

Wednesday 8/18 – 3pm @ MVHS. Easy run followed by strides & stretching.

Thursday 8/19 – 3pm @ MVHS. Fartlek workout @ Mountain View Park. Strength & stretching back at MV.

Friday 8/20 – 3pm @ MVHS. Team Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Saturday 8/21 – Meet at 7:30 am at MV and carpool to the Dillon Falls trailhead to do an out and back long run on the river trail. Shoot for 30-60 minutes depending on how much running you’ve been doing and bring water. If you stash a bottle 15 or so minutes into it on the side of the trail you can get it on your way back and have water at two points along your run.

Sunday 8/22 – Active recovery. Do something, even if it’s just taking a walk with your family or friends.

Summer Running Week Six

Summer Running Week Six 8/9 – 8/13:

  1. Registration is now open for Fall Sports. Please make sure to get signed up through the Athletics page for MV. You need to register, pay the Pay-to-Play & have a current physical on file in order to practice/compete. Wednesday, August 11th is the last day to register and be able to practice on the 16th when official practices start. If you’re not cleared by the 11th you won’t be able to practice.
  2. Official practices start Monday, 8/16 (one week away!!). We will be having those practices at 3pm and will be meeting at Mountain View near the “Cross Country Tree” across from the ticket booth of the football stadium. Please bring water!! It’s going to be hot.
  3. Mark your calendars for Saturday 9/4. We’re planning on doing a morning Black Butte run/hike and using ex-MV coach Peter Hatton’s Camp Sherman house as a base for a post workout BBQ. Details are still being worked out, so stay tuned.
  4. The race calendar on Athletic.net is close to being finalize, but there will be other items added to the calendar as the season goes on.

Workouts for the week:

Monday 8/9 – Meet at Juniper Park by the Tennis courts. 8 am.

  • 3-4 sets of 2x800m w/1 min rest. Rest interval between sets is 3-5 minutes until the HR goes down. Pace should be fast but comfortable. You should be able to feel like you can keep going right into your second rep. Focus on getting at least 3 sets done as that equates to a 5k. 2-3 sets of 30 walking lunges after the workout. Stretching and core.

Tuesday 8/10 – 30 – 45 minute easy run on your own or with friends. Try to find a soft surface to run on.

Wednesday 8/11 – Meet at Goodrich Pasture park at 8 am. We’ll try the workout we missed last week because of the smoke. We still need to get some good climbing in the legs and with Black Butte on the horizon, it’ll help build strength.

Thursday 8/12 – Meet at MVHS @ 2pm for a strength/lifting workout similar to what we did last week. Again, we’ll shoot for being done close to 3:30, but it might be closer to 3:15.

Warmup time

Friday 8/13 – Meet at Drake Park @ 8 am for a climb up Awbrey Butte to the radio towers. Back down to the park for strides and Ultimate.

 

 

 

Summer Running Week Five

Week Five 8/2 – 8/8:

Hey Cougs! Summer for me is coming to a close as I start teaching Summer School tomorrow, and time is flying by. Here are a few key things coming up:

  1. Registration is now open for Fall Sports. Please make sure to get signed up through the Athletics page for MV. You need to register, pay the Pay-to-Play & have a current physical on file in order to practice/compete. Wednesday, August 11th is the last day to register and be able to practice on the 16th when official practices start. If you’re not cleared by the 11th you won’t be able to practice.
  2. Official practices start Monday, 8/16 (two weeks away!!). We will be having those practices at 3pm and will be meeting at Mountain View near the “Cross Country Tree” across from the ticket booth of the football stadium. Please bring water!! It’s going to be hot.
  3. Mark your calendars for Saturday 9/4. We’re planning on doing a morning Black Butte run/hike and using ex-MV coach Peter Hatton’s Camp Sherman house as a base for a post workout BBQ. Details are still being worked out, so stay tuned.
  4. The race calendar is still being worked out as local meets will be our priority and we’re still waiting on some finalized dates of meets.
  • Monday 8/2 – 8 am, meet at Al Moody Park for some intervals with a bit of a hill.
    • 4-8 reps x Big loop tempo effort, small loop recovery. See map for the loops.
    • The focus is on building speed endurance. Break the sets into smaller pieces. So, if you’re doing 4 reps total, start with 2 full reps and then take a water break and then finish the last 2 reps.
    • Listen to your body when it comes to the number of reps. Set a goal, but be smart.
    • Strength and Core
Big loop (blue) tempo effort & Small loop (red) recovery.
  • Tuesday 8/3 – 30-45 min easy run on your own or with friends.
  • Wednesday 8/4 – 8 am, meet at Goodrich Pasture Park as the meeting place for hills on Pilot Butte. Hopefully this will avoid any construction related issues.
    • Saw blade workout using the 1/8th mile markings on the side of the road. Up two, down one. See my awesome graph w/o an X-axis.
Goodrich Pasture Park to the base of Pilot Butte.
Awesome description of the workout.
  • Thursday 8/5NEW!! 2 pm @ MVHS. 20 minute easy run followed by strength in the weight room. Should be done by 3:30pm.
  • Friday 8/6 – 8 am, Drake Park by the stage. Loop to the top of Overturf Butte and back for strides and Ultimate if people want to play.

 

Summer Running Week Four

Week Four 7/26 – 8/1:

Great work to those of you making it to the summer workouts and those who are doing the work on your own! We’re saying goodbye to July this week and hello to August. Last week we injected a slight hint of speed with Monday’s workout, and we’ll do the same this week. Tuesday should be an easy run/cross training day. Wednesday will bring some short hills that should be strength building, but not not overly taxing. Friday will be a short, fun day with the focus shifting to a long run on the weekend.

This week is OSAA Moratorium Week, so practices will be strictly captain led.

  • Monday 7/26 – Pine Nursery @ 8:00 am. Meet by the playground.
    • 30 min Fartlek follow the leader run.
    • Strength and core.
  • Tuesday 7/27 – 30-50 min easy run with friends or family.
  • Wednesday 7/28 – Hillside Park @ 8:00 am.
    • Hills!! Short ones, but we’ll do several to get the work in. And… there’s some shade!
  • Thursday 7/29 – On your own or with friends. 10-minute warm up jog followed by 5 x 1-minute hard/1-minute easy. 10 – 20 minute cool down easy run, then stretching.
  • Friday 7/30 – MVHS @ 8:00 am.
    • 10 – 15-minute warmup, then Ultimate and treats.

Saturday & Sunday 7/31 & 8/1 – Saturday, we’ll have a Captain led long run at Tumalo Falls. If you’d like to carpool, meet at MV @ 7:30 am with the goal of being at the trailhead by a little after 8:10am. If you want to just head out there on your own, plan on meeting out at the trailhead around 8. You do need to have a NW Forest pass to park at the parking lot, so if you have one please bring it. Bring water and a snack for afterward. The goal is to do an hour + of running/hiking, and at minimum you should be able to make it to the second large falls which is about a mile in.

Summer Running Week Three

In trying to expand team communication beyond this website and our team Instagram page, We’ve started a Remind group.

The link is: https://www.remind.com/join/bdg8hag

If you have the app, please add this group.

Week Three 7/19 – 7/25:

  • Monday 7/19 – Juniper Park @ 8:00 am. Meet by the tennis courts.
    • 10 min warm up jog and drills
    • 2-4 x 1/2 mile loop starting at tempo pace and finishing with a hard effort
    • Finish with Strength and Core.
  • Tuesday 7/20 – 30 – 45 min easy run on your own or with friends.
  • Wednesday 7/21 – Pilot Butte Park @ 8:00 am. Meet by the playground.
    • 3 laps around the base grass area
    • Warm up drills (get water before workout)
    • Jog to the base of the road hill. On the road or side gravel. 6 – 12 x 1 minute up/30sec down recovery. Work hard, but don’t sprint the uphills. Easy jog or walk the downhills. Most should work with the goal of making it to the top of the hill by the end. Get water at the top before heading down.
    • Stretch and elevate your legs.
  • Thursday 7/22 – 25-35 min easy run or cardio alternative. If biking or hiking, double the time but be sure to have plenty of water with you and a light snack for during or after the workout.
  • Friday 7/23 – Shevlin Park @ 8:00 am. Meet in the gravel lot section near the gate and park loop trailhead.
    There will be short, medium and long loops available with the goal of doing the longest run of the week.
  • Saturday and Sunday – For one or both days be active for an hour or more. Anything that gets your heartrate up. Low impact is great, but going for an easy jog on soft surfaces is an easy go to. Go explore. Use Google Earth or another mapping service to plot a new route you’ve never tried or find a place you haven’t seen yet. Running is an incredible way to explore new places efficiently.

Summer Running Week Two

Hey Everyone,
 Great start to the summer running! It was exciting to see people out getting those base miles in as the middle of summer is nearly upon us. Remember that these practices are voluntary and open, so if you have friends or family in town and you want your cousin wants to get a run in while they’re in Bend, they’re more than welcome.
 Coaches are generally gone for the week, so the runs will be mainly lead by the captains with some guest appearances along the way. Since the heatwave has never really abated, we’re going to start the practices at 8:00 am instead of 8:30. A half hour wake up change won’t mean much, but the cooler the better. If you’re up for it, you can go longer on the Tuesday/Thursday runs. Just be aware of the heat and listen to your body.

Here is the plan for the week.

Week Two 7/12 – 7/18:

  • Monday 7/12 – Pine Nursery @ 8:00 am *New start time*
    • Meet by the playground. Out and back on the canal trail. 30-45 min total at conversational pace. Jog the whole time, but it should still be conversational pace.
    • If you have a hand-held water bottle, bring it. Otherwise, make sure you drink a decent amount before you take off.
    • Strength & core back at the playground.
  • Tuesday 7/13 – Easy run on your own or with friends. 20-30 min.
  • Wednesday 7/14 – Pilot Butte Park @ 8:00 am
    • Meet by the playground
    • 3 laps around the base grass area
    • Warm up drills (get water before workout)
    • Jog to the base of the road hill. On the road or side gravel. 6 – 12 x 1 minute up/30sec down recovery. Work hard, but don’t sprint the uphills. Easy jog or walk the downhills. Most should work with the goal of making it to the top of the hill by the end. Get water at the top before heading down.
    • Stretch and elevate your legs.
  • Thrusday 7/15 – Easy run on your own or with friends. 25-35 min.
  • Friday 7/16 – Pioneer Park @ 8:00 am
    • Meet near the Picnic Tables but not near other groups if they’re already there.
    • Out & back on the river trail with 3 turn around options. See map for turn around points.
      • Shortest route turn around at Mt Washington at the top of the dirt hill by the golf course. (~ 2 miles round trip)
      • Middle route turn around at Archie Briggs, the second road crossing with the crosswalk. (~ 4 miles round trip)
      • Long route, turn around at the bottom of the big dip just after the scenic overlook. (~ 6 miles round trip)
      • * Make sure to stop for water at the fountain by Sawyer park if you do the middle or long route.*
  • Strength and core back at Pioneer Park.

Saturday/Sunday – 30-45 minutes easy run, bike ride or hike with some climbing. Explore Central Oregon with family or friends.

Summer Running Starts Monday July 5th

Hey Everyone,

We’ll start our summer group runs on Monday, July 5th at 8:30am at Riverbend Park. These are completely optional, but a wonderful chance to get those base miles in and start gearing up for the XC season. Summer runs will be largely captain-led this summer, so if a coach isn’t there please pay attention to the captains and follow their lead. Be sure to check the website for updates to location and workout details as summer progresses.

We’re looking forward to having a relatively normal lead up to the season and hopefully and normal season.

IMPORTANT!!!! Be sure to bring plenty of water to practice, drink some water and get a small bite before you get to practice as well. It goes without saying that it is HOT right now and will continue to be throughout the summer.

Week One 7/5 – 7/11:

  • Monday 7/5 – Riverbend Park
    • Intro, name game if needed. Easy run 20-30 min at conversational pace. Strength & Core at the end.
  • Wednesday 7/7 – 1st Street Rapids
    • 15-20 min jog North on trail, turn back and stop at the base of the Mt Washington hill.
    • 4-8 x hills, short but punchy climb, start by the pump house and ease into it.
    • Stretching in whatever shade possible.
  • Friday 7/9 – Drake Park by the bike racks in the middle of the park
    • 25 – 40 min loop run to the wave bridge, flag bridge or Farewell Bend park bridge.
    • 4 x ~70 m strides
    • Strength & Core
    • Post-practice social activity TBD (Bring $)

XC Week 6: 4/5-4/11

This week marks our last official week of the XC season. It has been a quick season, but it has also been really fun to see the improvement in such a short period of time! We had a lot of awesome performances, season bests and PRs on Saturday. We also had a great day as a team! Both the boys and girls teams placed 2nd and really did a great job racing together and keying off of each other. Check out results from Saturday below!

Central Oregon XC Classic Resultshttps://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/189051/results

We have spring sports starting up this week as well. If you are doing a spring sport, just let me know and we will coordinate accordingly. This transition works well for the track athletes doing distance events, since the training will be somewhat similar with shorter faster workouts this week.

Our last meet will be the Oxford Classic at Juniper park this Saturday 4/10. The boys race will be first at 1pm, followed by the girls race at 2pm. Based on the type of course this race will have. I’m guessing times will be slower than the last race. But that’s xc, and we should always be more focused on racing and place anyways.

Please see below for this week’s practice schedule. Let’s have a fun last week of the XC season! See you all soon.

 

Practice Schedule

Monday 4/5- Mountain View @3:30pm

Tuesday 4/6- Pine Nursery @3:30pm

Wednesday 4/7- Pine Nursery @3:30pm

Thursday 4/8- Mountain View @3:30pm

Friday 4/9- Pine Nursery @3:30pm

Saturday 4/10- Oxford Classic @Juniper Park.

Boys Race: 1pm , Girls Race: 2pm

 

Go Cougs!

XC Week 5- 3/29-4/4

I hope everyone has had a fun and relaxing Spring Break! We are back at it this week and we get a full week of training before our next meet on Saturday. As of right now, we don’t have a start time for the meet. I will let you all know when the start times are established. Please see below for the practice schedule for the week!

I’m excited to get the crew back together and start the final push for the XC season. Our next few races will be our best. Let’s stay focused and make the last few weeks count! See you all soon!

 

 

         Practice Schedule

Monday 3/29- Pine Nursery @3:30pm

Tuesday 3/30- Mountain View @3:30pm

Wednesday 3/31-Mountain View @3:30pm

Thursday 4/1- Pine Nursery @3:30pm

Friday 4/2- Pine Nursery @3:30pm

Saturday 4/3- XC Meet @Pine Nursery. Time TBD.

 

GO Cougs!

XC Spring Break Training

We ended the week with a strong showing out at Black Butte Ranch. There were some lifetime 5k PRs set, and a lot of season bests on the day. Even more impressive was how both teams raced as a unit. The girls team ran away with a strong and convincing 2nd place finish, and the boys finished 4th but only a few places off of 2nd. Overall, we are moving in the direction we want to be. In a short and condensed season, improvement week to week is impressive.

Clash in the Cascades Meet Results: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/188623/results

We will not be meeting as a team for spring break, but that doesn’t mean training stops. Please do your best to follow the training plan posted below. I want everyone to be able to do fun things and have family time, while still being able to get the training in. If you have any questions about the workouts please reach out to me! This week is a great opportunity to recharge mentally and physically, while still keeping our fitness high and staying sharp. I hope you all have an awesome spring break!

Spring Break Training

Monday 3/22- 30-45 minutes easy-moderate run. 6 Strides after run.

Tuesday 3/23– 10×1 minute hill repeats @race effort. 5x30sec hill sprints. 15 minute warm-up and cool-down.

Wednesday 3/24– 30-40 minutes Recovery run. Go by feel, listen to your body!

Thursday 3/25– 30-40 minutes easy-moderate run. 4 Strides after run.

Friday 3/26– Speed play workout: 3min-2min-1min-1min-2min-3min @race pace with 90 seconds rest in between each rep. Follow workout with 6×30 seconds fast to mimic finishing kick! 10 minute warm-up and cool-down.

Saturday/Sunday– Take one day off. Longer run for the other. 40-60mintues easy. If you’re feeling tired don’t force it, go with the shorter option.

 

GO COUGS!

Thursday Meet Info

CLASH IN THE CASCADES

MARCH 18, 2021

BIG MEADOW GOLF CLUB

BLACK BUTTE RANCH, SISTERS OR

 

Start Time: (Men will be run first)

               Men: 1:00 PM
Women: 1:45 PM

 

Location: Big Meadow Golf Club, 13020 Hawks Beard, Sisters, OR 97759

 

Bus Parking: Please pull through to golf course passing the club house, pulling past course and proceed left to the far east side of parking lot

 

Course Map:  MAP

 

Surface: The course is 95% grass, ideal for usage of spikes

 

Start/ Finish Area: The course will begin on the driving range tee area

 

Team Area:  Please set up team tents and encampments in the driving range near the finish line.  Coaches please keep your spectators out of the team area

 

COVID:  We are required to follow guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon School Activity Association (OSAA).  Please follow current mask and social distance guidelines

 

Spectators:  Please limit spectators and enforce COVID guidelines regarding attending events.  150 spectators are allowed to attend outdoor events.  This will be impossible to enforce, so we are asking for only immediate family members to attend as spectators.  Please keep spectator out of the driving range area and team encampment.

XC Week 4: 3/15-3/21

XC is officially back! It was so awesome to see an actual cross country race take place. Even though it’s been over a year since our last true xc race. Everyone showed up and competed like we never left. So many great performances and amazing efforts across the board. Very proud of these athletes for sticking with it and making it to the starting line after waiting so long to actually get the opportunity to race. Checkout the results from Friday’s meet here! https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/189050/results

Coach Young took more awesome photos of the meet on Friday. Thanks Andy!

Pine Nursery Meet Photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/14DvZzIuZA95buY2qdVYkM733dab15tGK

Our meet this week is on Thursday 3/18, hosted by Sisters and will take place at Big Meadow at Black Butte Ranch. Right now, race times are still TBD. I will let you all know as soon as I get meet info. Also, athletes will need to get to and from the meet on their own. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but transportation within the district is unavailable to weekday athletic events at this time.

I think the course on Thursday will be on the faster side, and should be a great opportunity to shoot for a fast XC time. We are still learning how to race again. So, let’s think of what worked well on Friday and what we can work on to be our best on race day! Please see the practice schedule below. Monday will be a workout day, so come prepared and focused to have a quality workout! See all soon!

Practice Schedule

Monday 3/15- Pine Nursery @3:30pm 

Tuesday 3/16- Pine Nursery @3:30pm

Wednesday 3/17- Mountain View @3:30pm

Thursday 3/18- XC Meet @Black Butte Ranch (Race Day)

Friday 3/19- Mountain View @3:30pm

Go Cougs!