Sport Specific Workouts: Cross-Country Running – Weeks 1-6

Cross Country Training Schedule – Weeks 1-6

The first week of your cross country season is crucial because it’s when you’re going to have to prove yourself. You need to get in shape, so that you can run faster and farther than the other runners around you.

But what exactly do I mean by getting in shape?

Well, let me give you some examples.

You may think that running a 5K race is easy, but it isn’t! If you don’t start off with proper fitness, then you won’t be able to finish it.

So how do I know if my running form is good enough? What does “good” even mean? How do I know if I’m not just trying too hard or being lazy?

These are all questions that every runner faces at one time or another.

What Is A Good Running Form?

A good running form is simply the way you run. When you run, your legs move forward and backward along a straight line. Your feet stay flat on the ground, and your arms swing back and forth from side to side. All of these movements must occur without any jerking or swaying of your body. Your upper body should remain still to avoid wasting energy.

Some people believe that a runner’s arm movement is not necessary. This isn’t true at all; when you run, your arms should remain still at your side until the moment before your hand swings forward. After this brief pause, your arm should swing straight forward and back without any twisting motions. Your hand should stay close to your body.

This movement should be repeated with the opposing arm.

Your legs should be straight when your foot is coming forward, but you shouldn’t bend your knee or stick it out too far to the side. Your front leg should be bent when your foot is coming backward. In other words, your legs should do the sames movements as they did when you walked or ran in grade school.

The most important part of your body to keep straight while you run is your torso.

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