Category Archives: cross country

From the Archives: On Running Hard in Dual Meets

[The beginning of cross country practices and the post-Labor Day surge at work has made it  difficult for me to think clearly, let alone sit down and write. So with apologies for the re-posting, here’s something from the archives: a … Continue reading

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Adventure Run

Since the end of the school year, I’ve had two priorities: run every day… and I can’t remember the second one. I wanted to run every day because months of running sporadically, and only when I had time for it, … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of the Suburban Cross Country Course

On Sunday afternoon, I found myself in Framingham with an hour to kill. I had been on my way home from a trip to Western Massachusetts and had planned to pick up my son from his job in a restaurant … Continue reading

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Club Nats is Where It’s At

The second weekend in December was the swan song for the 2015 cross country season, with three separate championship events taking place in San Diego, Albuquerque, and San Francisco. 

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Book Review: The Animal Keepers

In the spring of 1985, Donn Behnke was a social studies teacher at Stevens Point Area High School in Wisconsin, and already a very successful Track and Cross Country Coach at the high school level. In nine years of coaching, … Continue reading

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‘This Beautiful Sport’

My running friends will be happy to know that I no longer have any excuse to skip mid-week track workouts, tempo runs, and hill repeats. Saturday was the last meet for the Concord Academy team, and so, as of this … Continue reading

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Youth and Its Discontents

Were we tougher back then? Maybe. It’s the first Tuesday in November and the last workout before the league championships. Today’s workout is a “T” run — team, tempo, and togetherness — and most of the team has, indeed, made … Continue reading

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