LHSCC 2014 WEEKLY UPDATE #4…from Coach Barbe
RACE SEASON HAS BEGUN! This past week marked the transition of our team from just being “runners” into becoming “racers”
TIME TRIALS were held at Druid Hills Middle School on Tuesday as runners got their first taste of a competitive 5-K. Thanks to the parents who volunteered to drive and to Ms Smith and the Booster Club for providing a treat for “cool” down. Times for all runners represented a “season PR” and the beginning of the end of our “runner’s” training. Because…
WE’RE RACERS NOW!
LHSCC battled the scorching heat, a fast course and some of the best teams in the state in Saturday’s Bill Blastow Early Bird invitational hosted by Alexander High School. The results are proof of the promise of this young team (4 of the 8 Varsity girls are freshmen!) as we had medalists in every race and brought home a couple of team trophies as well. The VARSITY BOYS finished third in the second race of the day. Davis Stockwell (4th)led the team, followed by Andrew Kent (15th) in one of the team’s fastest Early Birds. The VARSITY GIRLS finished 5th overall with a pair of top ten finishes from Morgan Mihalis (4th) and Corrie Smith (6th) and a strong showing by the “youngsters” Brittani Andieni, Eliana Blam, Rachel Grimes, and Hannah Breeden. Team leaders were captain Ruth Anne Trayneslis and Hailey Berry (who ran a gutsy race after an early fall and injury) The JV BOYS also finished 4th (out of 27 schools. “Miles” Boyd was the race champion leading from start to finish. He was followed closely by teammate Oscar Godoy (3rd)The JV GIRLS were led by newcomer Jennifer Guzdial and Grace Cronin (who technically isn’t new but is returning after an injury plagued first season). In the OPEN RACE (the hottest one of the day)Marque Owens proved himself a talented athlete with a 5th place finish out of more than 200 runners in the boys race. Our Open Girls were led by rookie camp graduates Feven Alemayehu and Mallorie Eberhardt. Everyone should be proud of their results. These results are evidence that this year’s motto is true. For the actual (and complete) race results, go to Georgia Mile Split.
THE TEAM T-SHIRTS are here and they are the coolest ever. Special thanks to Cathy Nelson and team captains Ruth Anne Traynelis and Dan Nelson for their work on the design, purchase and delivery of the shirts. The coaches all agree that they are going to make the team perform and look better this season.
Shirts were distributed to runners at the Time Trials and at the Spaghetti Dinner. If you didn’t get yours, see Dan Nelson.
OUR FIRST TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER is another way to know that race season has begun. Thanks to the David’s for opening their home, especially the kitchen, to the entire team (and a few extras) for some team bonding.
NO RACE THIS WEEKEND. But everyone is encouraged to register for the Labor Day weekend’s Big Peach Buckhead Sizzler, hosted by the Atlanta Track Club and sponsored by our friends at Big Peach. This race benefits Miles for Cystic Fibrosis and is another opportunity to participate in the Coach’s Community Challenge.
NO PRACTICE (After School) FRIDAY. Since we aren’t racing and it is a long, holiday weekend for everyone (I hope) we will not meet as a team to train after school. However, and of course, we never take a day off from training! Be sure to check this week’s training schedule.
COACH’S TIP: FIGURE IT OUT! Whether it is a conflict with our practice schedule, a nagging injury, or a problem in Coach Rivers’ math class…runners (students) need to learn to solve their own problems. So, runners need to look ahead and anticipate conflicts. They need to keep track of what they have been doing (or not doing) in the past that has caused this strange feeling in their foot. They need accept the responsibility to do the work (and make the sacrifices) necessary to guarantee their success. In other words, following LHSCC training will solve all of your problems. Well, it will give you the discipline to solve a lot of them at least.
THIS WEEK’S TRAINING SCHEDULE:
MONDAY PLRs on Oak Grove timed 4 – 6 miles (with 30 second drops)
TUESDAY Moderate run in the neighborhood 4 – 6 miles
WEDNESDAY Fartleks at Shamrock (DHMS) 3 – 5 miles DRIVERS NEEDED PLEASE
THURSDAY POOL DAY / Fresh MESH / STRENGTH
FRIDAY Long Recovery Run 5 – 8 miles
SUNDAY FAMILY FITNESS DAY Get our with family and/or friends for a hike at Stone Mountain or the last swim before the pool closes or a bike ride on the Silver Comet Trail. Don’t forget to warm up, cool down and chow like a champion
MONDAY (LABOR DAY) Long Run (+1) Try to go 1 mile further than you did on Friday
TUESDAY DeKalb County Race at Arabia Mtn HS 5:00pm