|Date:||09 Sep 2006|
|Article:||XC Saturday Training Sessions: not just for those doing XC!
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 shortly. 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. 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!
Training sessions in South Park at 10am are on: Sept 30th, Oct 14th, 21st and 28th, Nov 18th, Dec 9th, 16th and 23rd.