Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Is running bad for your health?

No, but it could be bad for your teeth.

If you can't get the link to work, check out the full article after the jump...and don't forget to brush really well.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gray-New Gloucester Meet (9.26.14)

The Merriconeag teams had an excellent showing at the GNG meet yesterday.  It marked the first time in school history that both the boys and girls team won the meet, as well as having both individual champions.  Those were not the only parallels- the second, third and fourth runners also finished in the exact same position!  Clearly, the unseasonably warm temperatures and the hilly course did not provide major stumbling blocks for our runners.  They were able to conquer Libby Hill and the nasty little rollers in the first and final half mile section admirably.  Thanks to all our supportive spectators, and particularly to Keelyn for racing up Libby Hill multiple times to record mile splits.

Details and more photos after the jump...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Importance of Letting Go of Stress

Many of us run because it decreases our stress levels and helps bring a little balance into our lives.  Here is an important reminder of why it's important to practice a little mindfulness while running, as well as some tips on how to get to that state.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In case you missed it...

WMC: Merriconeag, Poland, York @ Freeport: Olivia Skillings

Above is the link to Olivia's video interview following last week's meet at Freeport.

Film trailer: Racing the Rez

Most sports films about high school athletics tend to concern themselves with football.  This film (here's the link to the trailer) is something a little different- a documentary about two different high school cross country teams.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

And now a word from your captains...

Lars writes:

The second week of regular season training brought with it torrid running conditions. By the

end of the week, however, the temperatures were well into the sub-torrid range, and we were

ready for our home meet at Pineland’s Oak Hill. Everyone raced exceedingly well, and there

were a number of PRs. The following week, the seniors were away at Hermit Island, but still

managed to complete several workouts in our occasional free time. Torrid conditions and

infrequent bouts of sleep caused our workouts to not be quite on target, but we still managed to

get some running in, and go swimming in Hermit Island’s many morasses. Stuck in classes back

at Pineland, the underclassmen missed us exceedingly, but managed to survive. The meet hosted

by Freeport on Friday, went well, and there were, again, many PRs. Both boys and girls came in

a close second to York, beating Class B rival, Freeport, despite tired seniors and torrid


More weekend inspiration...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Freeport Meet (9.19.14)

This week saw another short jaunt in the vans, this time over to Freeport's community fields.  The seniors were somewhat the worse for wear after camping out for the week, but both teams managed fine showings, with a number of PRs and course bests for individual runners.  Our athletes definitely took advantage of the fast, flat course and the near-perfect running conditions-dry, cool and breezy.  Thanks to all the family, faculty and friends who came to cheer Merriconeag!  Special thanks to Emma, Eliza and Kip for doing the splits.

Details after the jump...

Merriconeag on Milesplit

Maine Milesplit has a nice piece on yesterday's meet.  Tucker, Zach, Dylan, Nick, Olivia and Sam all get name checked and there are a few race photos as well.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New PT guidelines: What helps and what's just a placebo?

Interesting NPR story on what physical therapy treatments might not be helpful (mainly "passive physical agents").

Thursday practice at Twin Brook

Practice on Thursday, September 18 (tomorrow!) will be at Twin Brook.  We will transport runners to Twin Brook and will bring them to Desert Rd after practice (4:50-5:00).

Parents may pick up their runner at Twin Brook if they like (4:30 PM), but please let Susan know if you/your runner won't need a ride back to Desert Rd.

Thanks to Sarah and Lucy for driving help!

Eating on Race Day

This article is a good reminder to think about all your meals on race day, not just lunch or your snack in the hours before the gun goes off.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little Tuesday inspiration

Here's an inspiring article about a young runner who lost a leg to cancer, but is still racing.