North White CC Invite results 2011
August 22, 2011By Tim Adams of Kankakee Valley High School
North White Invite Results, 2011
Kankakee Valley Cross Country
NOTE: The table below was handed out in practice. In addition, I offer the following observations:
For the veterans, who without exception posted slower times, I suspect that increasing our training paces last week left us a bit worn down. Nothing to worry about; in fact, maybe the results are favorable: we ran a bit tired but didn't slow down too much.
Nonetheless, we need to 1) be prepared to chase it out faster in the first mile. If you don't keep contact with a pack of runners your caliber, you will be left behind; and
2) we suffered too big of a slow down on the second mile. Does that suggest that our warmup was insufficient? We flamed out on adrenaline during the first mile and then sputtered through the rest of the race? Or is #1 at fault: the failure to get in the race early left us with no one to race against during midrace?
Excuses aside, I want to see more aggressive racing. Race with attitude; embrace the race, relish the challenge, tell yourself as you run neck and neck with a competitor that you can race this guy...and the one in front of you. It's one thing to "talk" before the gun goes off; what are you saying to yourself once the race is underway?
One final thought: Don't count Renssalaer out of the sectional race, just because we beat them on Saturday. Likewise, don't assume that we can easily counter the 22 point lead that Hebron posted on us to win the meet. If the field is relatively weak at Sectional, the others will offer us not help. In other words, we need each man ahead of his Hebron counterpart...or at least right on his heals.
Keep working hard.
Remember, VDOT is a measure of fitness, based off of your race time. It in turn dictates your training paces. Generally, after a slower race I will not lower your VDOT; however, since the training paces last week were determined by the Ramble, which was on road surfaces, and this race occurred on grass, we can expect times to be slower.