Friday, September 13, 2013

Team Time Trial

My apologies for not posting sooner... here are the results from yesterday afternoon's 1-mile Team Time Trial between the Coolidge and Parker Middle Schools... drumroll, please... PARKER WINS! A close race by all accounts as the Parker Girls (25 points) prevailed over the Coolidge Girls (30 points) while the Parker Boys (25 points) edged out the Coolidge Boys (31 points). For those of you new to Cross Country, low score (sum of the top five finishers' places) wins. If you compared average team times it's even closer with the boys only 1-second apart and the girls just 5-seconds apart. Finishing first for the girls was Alex Casarano (7th-Parker) in 7:53 with James Donahue (6th-Coolidge) leading the boys in 6:11. Both ran outstanding times! Most improved were Emma Johnson (8th-Coolidge) dropping 1:45 from last year and Ben Vanasse (7th-Parker) axing an awesome 2:24 from his 2012 time!! Congrats to all of our runners on a job well done. I'll try to link the full results under our schedule on this blog as well as in an e-mail to all parents. Thanks to all the parents for your continued support! -Coach Dan

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Week #1 Wrap-Up

Great first week of practice! I'm still a bit stunned with our numbers this year. It's encouraging to see so many young runners zipping around the track and fields. The Reading "herd" should create quite an impression at our first big meet in just a few short weeks! We finished off the week with a fun continuous relay on the RMHS Track and a few extra sprints down the straightaway. Wednesday's "barefoot striders" on the grass seemed like a big hit as well. It was awesome to see a bunch of the team out running the Fall Street Faire 5k Sunday morning! That was much longer than any of the Middle School only races we'll be competing in this season. Looks like we should be well prepared for the one to two-mile races on the schedule. Next up is an easy day on Tuesday, then our one mile time trial on Thursday. Competition between the Coolidge and Parker should be tight! We will not be holding practice on Friday as I'll be out of town for a wedding. That might be a good day for the kids to go for a light 15-25 minute jog on their own. If any parents would like to help out on Thursday, I could definitely use a few extra hands at the finish line.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday Practice - Weather Watch

I believe we had a similar start to last year's season... it appears that the weather is testing us this afternoon! Looking over a few weather reports, it looks like there is a chance (between 40-60%) for thunderstorms and rain between 2:00 and 5:00. I'm not really concerned about the rain, but I would certainly like to play it safe with the chance of thunder and lightning. As of 2:00, it does look like it would be reasonable to continue with practice as planned. However, if at anytime during practice we see lightning or hear thunder, I will take the kids inside to the RMHS Fieldhouse. I'm assuming that many of the other teams practing in the area will follow suit, so things may get a little crowded. In this event, please pick up your runner(s) as soon as possible in the front lobby of the RMHS Fieldhouse. Hopefully we can get the season started without any of the above issues. Regular pickup would be at the same location as drop-off and practice; parking lot across the street from the Coolidge Middle School. -Coach Dan

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

One week until the 2013 Season begins!

It's hard to believe that the summer is coming to a close, but Labor Day is just around the corner. Schools are back in session and many fall sports practices have already begun. It will be hard to deny that fall is here once the Patriots kickoff their 2013 season in just a couple of short weeks. My summer officially ends when I return to teach at Woburn High and say goodbye to my weekdays at the parks and playgrounds with my two sons, Andrew and Nicholas. For me, there's no mistaking the signs that XC season is upon us. There's something in the air that makes it easier to run in the early morning hours. Most of my own runs now tend to gravitate towards the trails in and around town. My attention has turned from the big summer track meets (hope you all got a chance to see some of the spectacular performances at the World Champs in Moscow!) to cross country and early fall marathon results. We will begin our second full season as a Middle School XC team on Tuesday, September 3rd. This year's practices had to be adjusted to Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. I hope that this will work out for most of the team, but please remember that attendance is not compulsory for all practices and meets. The more you can make, the better! We will try to begin by 3:15 and end around 4:15. Meeting place will be the same as last year: in the parking lot across from the Coolidge Middle School. (For those of you that have been in Reading much longer than myself... I believe this is the former site of the Imagination Station Playground.) This year's roster already looks to be a bit larger than last year, with a number of new faces. As always, I will strive to provide an enjoyable and challenging program for runners of all abilities and experience. I hope all of you are as excited as I am to begin the season!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Reading Town Forest XC Race Cancelled

We are sadly going to have to cancel the XC race that was planned for today in the Reading Town Forest. The weather just doesn't seem to be cooperating for us this year! There really is no shelter at the town forest, and I would rather play it safe and prevent a bunch of kids from getting sick in the cold rain. Hopefully we can set-up another race on a week day towards the end of the month. I will keep you all posted.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week Three Updates

First, please note the exciting additions to our meet schedule. I was bummed to see that the Mayor's Cup Races had been cancelled, but it looks like the kids will have no shortage of quality racing experiences. We are tentatively planning on the USATF J.O. preview meet in Amherst as a replacement to Mayor's Cup. More to come on that. I am happy to finally post some results from our first "time trial" of the year. Last Friday (9/14) we headed over to the RMHS track for an early season 1-mile test to gauge everyone's early fitness. There were lot's of strong finishes and happy faces afterwards. Congrats to our top runners Charlie Donahue (6:18) and Cat Almeida (7:46) leading the pack. Parker Middle School (22 points) edged out Coolidge Middle School (34 points) in the combined B/G "team" scoring. Next up is a 2km scrimmage with Austin Prep this Friday, September 28th at the RMHS track. Racing should begin around 3:30pm.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

FORR XC is now online!

It's been a great first two weeks of practice. Our roster is up to 34 kids from the Coolidge and Parker Middle Schools here in Reading, MA. We have averaged over 26 runners per practice. As a group the team has already logged over 200 cumulative miles! The kids have been introduced to fartleks, interval workouts, speed drills, a time trial, and most of all, lots of nice and easy fun runs. I'm looking forward to our first official race in Wayland, just a few short weeks away. Stay tuned in for further updates.