These are quotes and thoughts from various cross-country articles I was reading. I am just taking these these thoughts and throwing them out there to you. If you have any higher expectations, then you have to make the decision not to be just another high school cross-country team.

“In a lot of sports you can kind of coast by on natural talent. If you just naturally have great ball-handing skills, you can be good at a sport like soccer or basketball. With running, it’s all about how you train. You have to work every day. The good thing is, you can see the benefits of it.”

“Summer is all about base training, putting in a lot of miles every week. It is basically about getting stronger for a season of races. You’re stronger and ready to go so that a 5K race shouldn’t be very hard. … It helps you a lot.”

“The summer and early-season phase is about building a mileage base, with long-distance runs at the forefront. It’s a vital piece of the training puzzle, one runners must be disciplined enough to apply on their own.”

“The best teams in the area can focus on their foot speed during the regular season because they spent the summer building a strong mileage base.”

“Our main thing when trying to build an elite training program is sleep and nutrition. They are just as important as the running,”

“Your mind can make you train, your body can create power, but only your heart can make you a champion.”