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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

It must be Monday...

...there are a lot of PR cookies.

Freeport Course Map

Running Levity

A little running pun from Phoebe:

Did you hear about the race between the Lettuce and the Tomato???

The Lettuce was a "head" and the tomato was trying to "ketchup"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Merriconeag Meet (9.12.14)

 It was a very exciting day for both Merriconeag cross country teams on the home course at Pineland.  Motivated by almost-perfect running weather, familiar trails and an incredibly supportive home crowd, Merriconeag runners turned in another amazing performance.  Smashing old PRs and setting new records, all returning runners posted improvements, whether it was from last week, last year's race or all of high school (which leads to a troubling lack of new adjectives to describe their accomplishments).  The day also saw the debut of three athletes.  A big thank you to the middle school team for helping to flag on the course and take splits, as well as to the many parents, friends and faculty who came to volunteer, help with timing, photograph, tend to minor medical emergencies and cheer.  And especially thanks to all the parents who contributed to the post race snack table!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

No late van after the race

Making sure everyone knows there is no late van back to Desert Rd after the race at Pineland tomorrow.  Most runners will have family in attendance, and with so many spectators, it should not be difficult for anyone needing a ride to find one with another family.

Go team!

Words of Wisdom

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The History of XC

Ever wondered about where cross country comes from?  Check out this article.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

And now a word from your captains...

Fiona writes:

Our first regular season week brought such excellent weather that the team may have found it hard to believe fall is really coming, and that we are all going back to school. None the less, we rallied for the occasion and had a great new workout at practice Tuesday.  Wednesday arrived with extreme summer heat, but although we were scorched by the end of our run at Desert Rd, we all had to admit that a cool breeze had made the conditions much more tolerable. Because of the camping trip to Swan Island, Morgan left it up to us to take the responsibility of running on our own before school, and I think most of us did (good job everyone for that early morning effort!). We had a great camping trip filled with kayaking, swimming and running around, so it was a wonder that everyone wasn’t too tired to race!

Late van

Tomorrow (Monday) is the first day of regular school and regular cross country practice.  As part of the service to regular van riders, we do provide a late van for van riders on the team.  This van leaves Pineland after practice (around 4:45ish), returning to Desert Rd at 5:00-5:15.

We expect van riding runners to be riding this late van everyday there is practice, unless you have let the school know otherwise.  We ask that any time you/(your student) will not be on this late van to please let Susan know.  It can be the student telling Susan in the morning, or the parent sending Susan an email or giving her a call.  This will ensure that we have seats for those that need them, but also that we will not bring an extra van out to Pineland to drive students that ended up getting picked up by their parents.

Thanks so much for letting the school know if a seat on the late van is not needed.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

NYA Meet (9.5.14)

The first meet of the 2014 season brought the team to Royal River Park in Yarmouth.  Summer temperatures were in full effect and runners contended with heat and humidity.  Despite limited sleep on the camping trip, it was an excellent showing for Merriconeag, who were cheered on by a vocal crowd of parents, siblings, friends and teachers.  The runners set four new personal bests and two freshmen broke into the ranks of Merriconeag's top ten times.  Thank you to Eliza and Matty for their help with splits.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Boys' Team Preview on Maine Milesplit

Maine Milesplit has a team preview for Merriconeag boys.  Check out the link here.

What to bring to a meet

Our first meet is quickly approaching.  What should you pack on the day of a race?  While some of these items may seem like over-kill, the weather in New England can change quickly at this time of the year and it's best to always be prepared.  Obviously, if rain is forecast, you should include a waterproof layer.

  • Uniform (singlet and shorts)
  • Trainers (for warm-up and cool down)
  • Spikes (and spike wrench, extra spikes, screws, etc.)
  • Clothes for warm
  • Long sleeves 
  • Water bottle
  • Pre- and post-race snacks

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

And now a word from your captains...

Sam writes:

The second week of preseason has flown by! We began the week with a longer run and a hill workout and eased off midweek to prepare for our mile time trial. The time trial was a huge success and nearly everyone was pleased by their times. It was great to see that the work that we put in over the summer really did pay off. After the time trial, everyone enjoyed a delicious, cold ice cream at the Market.

I hope that preseason was a helpful preparation for the season to come (I know that it has been for me) and that everyone is super pumped for our first race!!!