Cross country runners prepare themselves for the upcoming track season


Aaron Trierweiler

Three cross country runners are shown preparing to start their daily after-school run.

Aaron Trierweiler, Staff writer

Carlmont cross country runners are actively preparing themselves for the season to come as the track season comes ever nearer.   

Despite constantly working on school work and with other things going on in their lives, the cross country runners still find time to be able to up their game through training.

“Everyday I run with some of my teammates after school.  We will run about 60 miles every week, and on a normal day we will probably go on an 8 mile run around Waterdog or Crystal Springs,” said Ryan Wilson, a senior.  

During the cross country season, runners are used to running very long distances, not shorter distances compared to those of track.  For this reason, the runners have to put in more work in order to improve and make themselves more viable for the track season.  As a competitive cross country runner, it is important to stay in shape and keep running.  Without a constant effort being put in, a runner’s endurance and overall speed will be affected.  

Although the running may be strenuous, in many ways it can be more relaxing than any running that will be done during either cross country or track season.  

“Our preparation for the track season is similar to a continuation of the cross country season except our training is less intense.  This means that the transition between the two seasons feels extremely smooth,” said Caleb Metzler, a sophomore.

During the two seasons, people are looking to win while improving every day, but when the season ends, the desire to win subsides until the next season.  

“It takes time to build running fitness so I think that it is necessary to start preparing before the season starts, especially to be able to be in shape for the first few races,” said Allie Ayers, a sophomore.  

During a long offseason between cross country and track, training a lot is key to be able to do well in track.  

“Training over the offseason is what makes a good runner great.  By doing high-volume training prior to the season starting, we have the ability to do more intense workouts once we start racing,” said Wilson.