2012 Cross Country Summer Practice

Hello to all returning Westmoor athletes and incoming freshmen!

I hope you are having a pleasant and enjoyable summer and are now ready to give some serious thought and effort to Cross Country.  You will need to work out on your own, or with a teammate, until our first team work-out on July 10, 2012 at 10:00am at Lake Merced.  If you  are planning to be on the Cross Country team but cannot make our team summer workouts please let me know.  Please share this guide with your Parents or Guardians so they know what is going on.  

Required Physical

All athletes are required to have a physical examination by a doctor.  Once you get a physical it is valid for one year.  Kaiser physicals are good for two years.  Often there is a wait of several weeks before a doctor can be seen for a physical.  We strongly urge that parents make appointments right away for a physical to avoid missing out on part of the season.

Before We Meet and If You Can’t Join Us

A suggested running schedule is included as a guide for you to follow this summer.  Understand that this guide is being sent to advanced runners as well as beginning runners.  Listen to your body.  Go at your own pace.  The most important thing is to put on your shoes and get out the door.  Remember to start out slow and build up slowly in order to avoid injuries.  You should run about 3-4 days a week during the months of June and July.  These individual workouts generally are for before we meet as a team and days when you are unable to meet with us as a team.

Individual Workout for June and July  (3-5 times per week)

Day 1            Longer-distance, 3-10 miles (30-60 minutes), easy on soft ground and walk or stop if you need to.  The number of miles you run depends upon your current level of fitness and how you feel.

Day 2            Shorter distance, 2-5 miles (25-45 minutes).  Increase your speed, pick up the pace.  Run in a different area.  Do your best.

Day 3            Longer-distance, 3-10 miles (30-60 minutes).  Again, change your area, not as fast as the first day’s work-out.  Run Easy.

Day 4            Shorter distance, 2-5 miles (25-45 minutes).  Increase your speed.  Try to run in a hilly area.

Day 5            Longer-distance, 7-12 miles (45-60 minutes), nice and easy, comfortable running

Individual Work-out for August (4-7 times per week)

Day 1            5-12 miles, easy, flat area

Day 2            Find a hilly area, 5-8 hills, depending on the angle and the distance.  4-6 miles, increase your pace (faster than July’s pace)

Day 3            5-12 miles, easy, flat area.  Run in a different place.

Day 4            5-8 hills, 3-6 miles, increase your pace

Day 5            5-12 miles, easy.  Try to find a hilly area.

Day 6            4-6 hills, 2-4 miles. ¾ speed.  Run it hard.

Day 7                3-5 miles, nice and easy

Dates of Team Practice at Lake Merced:

Week 1: Tuesday July 10th, Thursday July 12th

Week 2: Tuesday July 17th, Thursday July 19th

Week 3: Tuesday July 24th, Thursday July 26th

Week 4: Mon. July 30th, Tues. July 31st, Wed. Aug. 1st, Thurs. Aug. 2nd, Fri. Aug 3rd

Week 5: Mon Aug. 6th, Tues. Aug. 7th, Wed. Aug 8th, Thurs. Aug 9th, Fri. Aug 10th

There will be no practice on August 13th or 14th.  The first day of school is on August 15th.  On that day we will have practice at 1:30 meeting on the track.  Beginning on August 16th we will begin our regular everyday practices at 3:10pm meeting on the Westmoor Track.

Location of Summer Practice:

We meet as a team at Lake Merced at 10:00 am not Westmoor High School.  This is an excellent location to meet as it gives us many running opportunities including flat routes, sand, hills, and trails that are excellent for training.  This year we are moving to a new meeting spot on Lake Merced.  This new spot is where Lake Merced Blvd. meets Sunset Blvd.  There is a large parking lot with a statue of a horse in it.  This new spot will allow us better access to some different routes that we feel will be fun and beneficial to the team.  We understand it is a little farther from most peoples’ homes but the extra effort in getting there will be worth it.  We definitely encourage car-pooling.

What is Summer Practice Like?

Summer practice is a mixture of beginning and advanced runners, boys and girls, freshmen and seniors.  Practices are geared for everyone to be successful and feel supported.  We have shorter “rookie” routes and longer “veteren” routes.  Practices are generally supervised by two certified coaches (occasionally just one) and we always have a first-aid kit and cell phones with us.  When athletes go out for a run we supervise the entire group by driving around, monitoring intersections, and keeping track of numbers.  We feel that being mobile in a vehicle (or two) is the most effective way to ensure the safety of the entire group.  

Things to Remember

1)   Work out as often as possible.  Running in the summer is like putting money in the bank.  Athletes with the largest bank accounts will be the fastest runners in the fall.

2)    Once you start training, don’t stop.  It is better to work out two or three days a week and keep it up, than run everyday and quit.  Starting August 1st , you should be working out as much as possible.

3)    Remember it is easy to talk about working out, but hard to get started.  Don’t put it off until next week,

4)    You should make all team work-outs.

5)    I hope we don’t have anyone in thinking in November about “what a season I could have had if I’d only done more running in the summer”.  There is nothing worse than that realization of what you could have done.  So let’s get the job done this summer!

6)    Remember:  Everyone practices during the season.  Real improvement and CHAMPIONSHIPS are won during the summer.

7)    If you have any conflicts with work or vacation, please call or email either coach and let us know your individual situation.

8)    By following your individual work-outs and making our group work-outs, our team should have no problem being prepared for the beginning of the season, a season which should be filled with many awards in our drive towards the PAL Championship and a STATE MEET berth.  Remember the first race is in early September, so start running NOW.

How to Contact Us:

Coach Pofahl won’t be available by phone or email from June 9th until the end of June/early July.  If you have any questions you will have to contact Coach DiMaggio.  Otherwise, if you prefer email I will get back to you when I return.

Head Coach Ron DiMaggio

Home: (650) 573-6290

Cell: (650) 576-5370

Coach Steve Pofahl

(415) 740-5864

spofahl@gmail.com

About Steve Pofahl

Westmoor High School Athletic Director, Assistant Coach for Track and Cross Country, P.E. Teacher
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