|Date:||09 Sep 2005|
|Article:||XC season is upon once more and so its time to get yourself in shape for the hills and mud. Saturday training sessions in South park will be starting in October. Once again this year, formal training sessions will be held on non-XC race weekends. The sessions will start at 10am and last approximately 50 minutes and will involve various hill repetitions, some steady running up/down hills and of course a more sustained 10-12 minutes timetrial by which you can measure your improvement over the winter. They are obviously great for XC racing, but will help improve your strength and endurance for any running event.
The sessions are suitable for everyone, although if you have had any lower leg injuries (particularly calf or achilles), are new to running hills or are a little unsure what running XC is all about, please talk to Mark before the session starts. If you want to launch into these sessions in a big way, you should start adding hills to your weekly runs now and get running off-road as much as possible, as Chiltern League race I is less than a month away ! Depending on the weather the weather this autumn, South parks can be tackled with road shoes until it gets wet, when you'll need something with more grip such as off-road, fell, stud or spiked shoes. As always, if you're going to race in spikes or studs, you should get some practise in them asap and ease the legs into the extra demands they place upon them gradually !
See the HRR events diary for dates/details of the training sessions. In short, the training sessions are held in South Park at 10am on these dates: Oct 8th, Oct 22nd, Oct 29th Nov 12th, Nov 19th, Dec 10th and Dec 17th