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2016 HOKA ONE ONE Fall Cross Country Training Program

2016 HOKA ONE ONE Fall Cross Country Training Program (22)

POSTAL NATIONALS HISTORY

From 1957 through the 1970‘s at the end of the cross country season Track & Field News and the United States Track & Field Federation jointly held a nationwide competition. At first teams would run 2 miles on the track and mail the results in (hence the name “National Postals”), but then in 1969 when the 3 miles was added, regional races were held, all of which are known as the “National Postal” races. Since cross country courses varied and since there was not going to be a single national meet, the times from the regional races were taken for ranking the competitors nationally. To make the races fair in comparing times, the races were run on the track, but in a cross country type race. Teams of 5 runners were entered as well as individual entries. High school runners ran a 2 mile cross country event in those years. The 2 mile races for the National Postals were done from 1957 through 1982; and the 3 mile races for the National Postals were done from 1969 through 1978 (as in 1979 and after, the Kinney and Footlocker National High School Cross Country Championships were instituted for the 3 mile races). The revival of the Postal 2-Mile is a revival of the spirit of high school distance running, the revival of finding a true national champion and most importantly the revival of a team together. We are proud to reintroduce the running world to the Hoka One One National High School 2-Mile Postal Competition.

The Fall 2016 Cross Country Training program is sponsored by www.hokaoneonepostalnationals.com.

And one more comment: This training program was developed over 20 years of coaching, with advice and fine tuning from coaches from around the world. These are guidelines only. For younger runners and newer coaches, it is a nice program to begin from. For more experienced coaches and runners, the themes are key. Find what works best for you, and please reach out if you need ideas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Also note, that we post daily training with updates August 23-December 20 on your sites as well as runblogrun.com, american-trackandfield.com, caltrack.com, morunandtri.com  and coaching athletics.com. Look for daily updates!

This week is tough. Check your shoes to make sure they aren't too worn. Consider getting racing shoes for the serious races and using them for your tempo runs.

You're getting there. You're running faster and feeling fitter. Stay focused on your goals. Think about purchasing some cross country racing shoes in the upcoming weeks. And check your training shoes.

Monday, 19 September 2016 16:42

Week 5: Training - Gets Tougher.

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Week 5: Training - Gets Tougher. By now you should be running at a better pace than when you started and noting that your tempo runs are more fun. Do the tempo and hill runs with teammates--hard workouts are easier that way. Check your shoes weekly! Remember, at this point of season, you probably have two days of racing a week, a Tuesday and a Saturday, more than likely. Race days should be considered hard days, and remember, warm up and cool down are very important.

Monday, 12 September 2016 14:30

Week 4: Training Gets Rolling

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This week, runners run daily for main sessions. Advanced athletes should add a 20–25-minute session (3 miles) of easy running on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Do these runs at the opposite time of day that you do your hard workout.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 07:26

Before You Begin

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1. Get your gear in order.

If possible, you should have two pairs of good training shoes so you can rotate them. Most training shoes last for 8–10 weeks, depending on your training. Take your time at your local running store when selecting shoes and remember to go at the end of the day as your feet swell during the day. Bring a clean pair of socks and be prepared to check out 5–7 different shoes to find the right one for you. Assess your stash of socks, shorts, tops.

Thursday, 01 September 2016 23:42

Week 4: Training Gets Rolling

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Week 4: Training Gets Rolling
This week, runners run daily for main sessions. Advanced athletes should add a 20–25-minute session (3 miles) of easy running on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Do these runs at the opposite time of day that you do your hard workout.

Thursday, 01 September 2016 23:41

Week 3: Getting the Habit Started

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Week 3: Getting the Habit Started
Make sure you’re doing your runs on a variety of surfaces—dirt, grassy fields, sand, road, track. It’s good for the feet and helps you use your feet in a healthy variety of ways. You’ll be a little sore this week as your body adjusts. Drink your liquids, sleep, eat well, and hang out with your friends.

Thursday, 01 September 2016 23:39

Weeks 1 & 2: Fall Training Begins

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Weeks 1 & 2: Fall Training Begins
You’ll start on the road to a good fall of training with a long run, a tempo run, and some moderately paced runs. Don’t worry about pace in these first two weeks; just get out there, have some fun, and get into the habit of regular running. Workouts always begin with a warmup, some gentle stretching of major muscle groups, and light jogging. Repeat for your cool-down.

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