Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Holiday Homework

Happy Thanksgiving BK Track Athletes!

We're off to a great start to our season but we still have work to do.

This time of year it becomes easy to "slack off" during holiday breaks. Its hard to get out of bed to come to practices when there's no school (and hard for your parents to get up when they don't have to go to work, too). Dragging yourself to practice when your non-athlete peers are slumbering in bed is no small achievement.

While it may seem easy to skip practice (or find some excuses why you can't come to practice) there are significant risks. Missing practice during the holiday breaks eats away at your hard-earned fitness. Old habits of spending too much time in front of the television or playing video games along with poor eating and sleeping is a recipe for disaster and can cost you the Sectional Championship you're working towards.

Don't let this happen to you.

During the holiday breaks you should:

Get extra sleep - resist the urge to use the excuse "no school tomorrow" to stay up too late or sleep in too long. Stick to a normal sleep/wake schedule if at all possible. That means you go to bed and get up an nearly the same time you would if you had to go to school. And speaking of going to school...
Rather than getting up for school, get up for a workout. Try doing some training in the morning, outside if possible. For many of you a brief 30 minute run or 1-2 miles of running will keep you in shape during the breaks. Distance/mid-distance should be aiming for the longer runs while sprinters may choose to run 30 minutes of intervals. Throwers will also benefit from a light warm up run and everybody should be doing some core work...everyday.

Lastly, eat and drink. I cannot tell you how vital it is that you stay hydrated and do not cut your calories or consume junk food.

You are all to be congratulated on completing these first few weeks of practice. They haven't been easy ones! You've endured rigorous conditioning, endurance, and speed activities that are designed to get you ready for the Competition Phase of our season. You've all survived. You've all grown. You're all coming together as a Track Family. Be proud of what you've done so far.

But there is more to do...and we're going to do it!

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