*Jumping on the cross-country bandwagon*

After an optimistic start to a busy fall season… meaning that I thought I would be able to maintain a pretty consistent training schedule and even put an autumn race on my calendar… I was bitch-slapped back into reality.

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of busy. Work, some work travel with more coming up, cross-country, day-to-day life stuff… I’ve missed multiple days of running over the past two weeks and often find myself only logging a few easy miles when I run with my XC team.

Before the madness began, I’d been giving some consideration to finding, and training for, a race. Not just a fun run but an event in which I could *sink my teeth into training* kind of race. I wanted something shorter. Perhaps a 5k or 10k. I thought November would be good because I could train through XC season and be ready by the time November rolled around.

But given my current state of affairs, I’d come to terms with the fact that I can’t train for a race the way I wish I could.

Or… (the plot twist you didn’t see coming) have I????

Did you see the September issue of Runner’s World? There is an awesome feature article in this months edition about cross country racing. For like, um, adults! The wheels started turning and I figured out how to bridge the gap between my coaching schedule and wanting to train for something. Duh! I’ll train for a cross-country race!

That’s the plan anyway. Team Red Lizard, a Portland, Oregon running club, hosts cross-country meets in the Portland area September through November. While I haven’t had a chance to research other options, I’m sure they are out there. I’ve got three tentative dates on my calendar and am excited to give cross-country a try for myself! (Yeah, I have impostor syndrome. I’ve coached cross-country for three years and have NEVER actually run an XC meet.)

Any XC runners out there? I’d love to hear about your experience.

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Love XC! (And this guy in pink fuzzy socks… hehe!)

I’ll keep you posted!

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