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Summer Running Week Three

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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 $)

Thursday Meet Info


MARCH 18, 2021




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.

Meet info 3/12 @ Pine Nursery

Hey everyone,

Below is the schedule for the meet tomorrow at Pine Nursery. Spectators are allowed tomorrow since we are racing in a public park. Just be sure to stay clear of the start finish areas and try and spread out on the course to cheer on the runners! Should be a fun day! Attached is the course map for everyone to check-out. See you all tomorrow!

4000m + 1000m Pine Nursery XC Course

Event Schedule:

12:00-2:00pm — Volunteers/coaches set-up course and stadium area

1:00pm — Team bibs and timing chips available for coaches to pick-up at Finish timing tent

2:00pm — Race Block “A” start (girls)

2:30pm — Projected final finish of Block “A” race, Block “B” team pairs enter Stadium Area.

2:45pm — Race Block “B” start (boys)

3:15pm — Projected final finish of Block “B” race


Go Cougs!

Rust Buster Meet Info

Hey Cougs,

Please read the info below for the Rust Buster meet this Saturday at Pacific Crest Middle School. You should know by now which category you will be racing in. Look below for your race time and plan accordingly with your race partner. You will need a race bib and chip for timing, so come find me before your event and I’ll give them to you. I will be in the staging area on the football field. I’m super excited to get our first competition underway!

Rust Buster Map 2.0 (2)


Event Basics:

-> 2-person alternating 2-leg relay … Runner 1 runs 3250m loop, “tags”, Runner 2 runs 3250m loop, “tags”, Runner 1 runs 1750m loop, “tags”, Runner 2 runs 1750m loop and finishes.

-> “Tag” will be the moment when teammate on course crosses the leg finish line timing mat. Tagged runner goes at that moment across start timing mat. No hand-to-body tag necessary.

-> Three categories: male-male; female-female; mixed. Assuming numbers of teams in each category are roughly balanced, each category will be run as a separate race of up to 30 teams.

-> To match OHA and Bend-LaPine safety guidance, all school teams will need to adhere to a location and time schedule with athlete arrival, warm-up, warm-down, and departure.

-> The course is a mix of grass, dirt/gravel, and short pavement sections. 2-way road crossing of NW Crosby will be a “normal crosswalk crossing” requiring runners to yield to cars that do not voluntarily stop. Volunteers on both sides of road will slow/stop runners as necessary

Safety Areas Plan:

Within the fence of the PCMS track & ballfields complex is considered the “Stadium Area”. Only coaches and runners within the scheduled Race Block shall be within the complex fence per the schedule below.

The surrounding school parking lots, area multi-user paths, Pacific Crest Ballfields (if not occupied by other sport teams), and Discovery Park grass fields are all considered public areas where teams can have runners can warm-up, warm-down, and have a centralized “team spot”.

As soon as team pairs complete their race, both runners must gather personal items in the Stadium Area and depart ASAP. Warm-down must take place outside the Stadium Area.

Event Schedule:

9:30am — Block “A” team pairs enter Stadium Area for warm-up.

10am — Race Block “A” start (Boys Relay)

11am — Projected final finish of Block “A” race, Block “B” team pairs enter Stadium Area.

11:30am — Race Block “B” start (Girls Relay)

12:15pm — Projected final finish of Block “B” race, Block “C” team pairs enter Stadium Area.

12:30pm — Race Block “C” start (Mixed Relay and “overflow” teams if necessary)

1:30pm — Projected final finish of Block “C” race

MVXC Season 2!

Hello MVXC crew!

I hope you have all had a good winter so far and have been able to get out and enjoy the snow a bit.

I wanted to update you all on our XC season and what it looks like as of right now. Our official season will start on February 22nd and will go through early April. We will plan on having practices every day starting at 4pm and end 5:15-30pm. It will be a bit of a challenge with the early sunsets, but we will just have to be efficient in that time frame. If we can make it work, It is possible Wednesday practices could start earlier with that being an early release day.

Meets- Currently, all of the Central Oregon coaches are working together to come up with a meet schedule that works for everyone and follows the guidelines put in place. The competitions will have a number cap for each race, so we are limited on how big the races can be right now. With Covid numbers starting to decline, hopefully we will see our meet options get better and have the opportunity to have bigger competitions. I will post a meet schedule once we finalize it with the other coaches. 

What can you do right now? I know a lot of you have bee doing Nordic and are still in season, which is great! If you are not doing Nordic and have not been running. Now is the time to start getting the legs moving again and get some easy aerobic miles in. That way when you show up for practice in late February, you wont spend the first few weeks feeling sore and out of shape. So start running easy mileage now just on feel, but be careful with the snow an ice! Try and find places that clear paths to run on. Maybe think about getting some traction for your shoes like Yaktraks or screws for your shoes (which you can get installed at FootZone). We don’t want to get injured before the season starts, so be smart and safe!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the crew back together and get some races in! It is going to be a very interesting season with it being in late winter, but we have to be thankful for having this opportunity at all. You have all put in some great training from July through the fall, and those miles don’t just disappear. Let’s be ready to take advantage of this condensed XC season and see what we can accomplish! I will be in touch with more season details as they are solidified. Talk to you soon!



Change of plans

Hello everyone, 
Looks like this week is going to be cut short due to the statewide mandates put in place. All school sports will have a freeze starting Wednesday 11/18. 
So, that means our time trial scheduled for Friday will be moved to Tuesday (tomorrow) 11/17 at 3:30pm at Phil’s trailhead. It will also be our last practice for the pre-season. I’m sorry we have to end it prematurely, but it is what is. If you can make it tomorrow, awesome! If you can’t, I totally understand. Thanks for being flexible during these crazy times. See you tomorrow!
Go Cougs!


Last week of XC pre-season 11/16-11/22

This will be our last week of pre-season practices before we break for winter. As of now we haven’t heard anything on how the new statewide mandates will affect us this week, so we will just continue practices as planned until told otherwise. 

Monday and Wednesday, we will plan on meeting at Mountain View @3:30pm. Friday we will be having a voluntary 5k trail time trial. Since this is an off campus get together, no one is required to attend. If you can make it, awesome! This is simply a fun opportunity to race a 5k on some dirt and end this preseason on a strong note! We will plan on meeting at 3:30pm at the Phil’s trailhead parking area and go from there. Please remember to bring a mask just like you would at practice. We plan to do the time trial in the same time frame a normal practice would last, so please plan accordingly. I know this location isn’t the most convenient option. But with parks being off limits for the team, we had to be creative for a location that would be fun to race a 5k. 

Let’s have a great last week of pre-season training and keep that great work ethic rolling! 

Go Cougs!

Practice 11/13


Hey XC crew,
I’m going to go ahead and cancel practice for this afternoon. It’s going to stay nasty all day and we really don’t have a place to meet and stay out of the rain. Since it is a recovery day, no sense in getting you all soaked and cold. If you can get an easy run in on your own that’d be great. Have a good weekend and see you next week!

XC Week 11/2-11/8

Hope you all had a fun and safe weekend! This week we will be shifting our practice start time to 3:30 pm with the evenings getting darker earlier. Practices will still be the same length, ending around 4:45-5pm. Plan to meet at Mountain View Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ 3:30pm.

Please be sure to bring warm clothes to practices. Temps will be dropping in the evenings and you will want to have extra layers for when you aren’t running. Come to practices prepared and willing to work hard. Workouts might not be as intense as they usually would be this time of year, but that  doesn’t mean they are any less important! See you all Monday!


Go Cougs!