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Deliberate Practice & Youth Cross Country

  Allen Iverson once said, "We talkin' about practice, not a game, not a game, we talkin' about practice." Growing up, I thought practice was practice. If you wanted to get better at something you simply practiced more and that hard work would pay off. In my youth, I loved playing basketball and running. Most…
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Interview with Coach Sara Slattery – Grand Canyon University

Sara (Gorton) Slattery is one of all the time running greats to come out of the University of Colorado, a 10-time All-American and a two-time NCAA champion.  She is the last American woman to have won the BolderBoulder, back in 2006 and was elected to the CU Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2015, Grand…
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Interview with Coach Robert Parish – Battle Mountain High School

One of the most amazing cross-country running stories of 2017, was the Battle Mountain Huskies (Edwards, Colo.) girls cross country team taking third at Nike Cross Nationals back on December 2nd, in Portland, Oregon.  A small high school in the mountains, took third in the nation, competing against schools of all sizes. Coach Robert Parish…
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Interview with Dee Brown – Iowa Central Community College XC Coach

Prior to my senior year of high school, I attended the Luther College Distance Running Camp. It's where I fell in love with Luther College and ultimately decided to run for the Norse. Dee Brown was heading into his senior year at Luther College and worked at the camp. I remembered him as a bandana-wearing,…
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Interview with Coach Mark Wetmore

University of Colorado coach Mark Wetmore has been the head coach at CU for 23 years. In that time CU has won seven national titles since 2000.  His bio speaks for itself, Coach Wetmore is one of the top cross country coaches in America. The Colorado Coyotes are extremely grateful for Coach Wetmore to answer…
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Interview with Coach Steve Magness on Youth Running

Steve Magness is the head cross country coach at The University of Houston and the author of "The Science of Running" and the upcoming "Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success" coming out on June 6, 2017. When it comes to the science of running, Steve Magness…
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Interview with Coach Alan Versaw – The Classical Academy

Alan Versaw has been the head boys and girls cross country coach at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs since 2000. In that time he has led the boys and girls cross country teams to 15 state titles. In 2016, he was named the Colorado Springs Gazette girls' coach of the year and will be…
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Test Retest – Benchmark Workouts

You Can't Improve What You Don't Measure. Something I've always loved about running is that it's not just a battle to determine the winner. Most kids will never win a race, in a race with 100 kids, only one can be the winner. However, often the greatest wins are just knowing that you're improving and…
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Kids Running Shoes

One question I frequently get asked is what shoe should I run in, or should my kid run in. If you ask 100 Colorado runners what shoes they should run in, you're bound to get 100 different answers. First let's talk about running shoes, what your young cross country runner will wear to practice on a…
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