What is typically the strongest cross country section in NorCal?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

My next post...

I will let the visitors to this site decide.  What do you want to read next?  Interview?  Rankings?  Advice?  You decide.  The most asked for topic will be chosen.  

Go!

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

..Training/resting strategies for final 2 weeks of season... What has worked well? What has failed terribly?

Anonymous said...

an interview of someone like steven sum or something

Anonymous said...

San Joaquin rankings

Anonymous said...

Which meets do coaches like best and why.

Anonymous said...

Where are they now, an update on some former interviewees.

Anonymous said...

12:55 Anonymous request -

Yes, especially from coaches whose team or individual(s) have gone on to Footlocker or NXN - what post-State meet training do you do?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anonymous at 12:56 PM....an interview with Steven Sum.

Anonymous said...

Something to do with the world championships in Moscow.

Anonymous said...

like the idea from anonymous 1:13 pm of what meets and maybe courses the coaches like - and maybe get some runners to comment as well.

Anonymous said...

transfers or impact freshmen (2017)

Anonymous said...

pre-season national h.s. rankings

Albert Caruana said...

National rankings courtesy of Running Times:

Boys-http://www.runnersworld.com/high-school-racing/christian-brothers-and-arcadia-renew-rivalry

Girls-http://www.runnersworld.com/high-school-racing/will-fayetteville-manlius-stay-on-top

Anonymous said...

BEST HIGH SCHOOL CALIFORNIA TRACK/RUNNING WEBSITES!!

Anyone agree?

Anonymous said...

agree with training/resting strategies for final 2 weeks

Anonymous said...

Impact freshmen or rankings

Anonymous said...

List of team websites

Albert Caruana said...

If you go to the 2013 Pre-Season Rankings link (top of page), you can find links to many of the teams I ranked.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the list of team websites, though I'd like to see alphabetical order by section.

Of course that's a lot of work!

Anonymous said...

I agree, the website thing would be cool. And how about a photo of the week?

Anonymous said...

In this order:
1. Steven Sum
2. Website list
3. Follow-up 1-2 questions "where are they now" update with former coach & athlete interviews

Albert Caruana said...

I don't have contact information for Steven Sum. If somebody knows him, have him email me at albertjcaruana@gmail.com.

Anonymous said...

strategies for final 2 weeks!

Anonymous said...

Team websites are good.

Training methods, the tried and true, as well as the tried and failed.

Interviews of coaches and athletes are good. I enjoy reading those the most. I'd like to see interviews of not just the "successful" coaches, as everyone views success, i.e., section champions, state, etc. But there are coaches out there of tiny programs doing monumental work, and coaches deal a bad deck of cards, yet rising above it.

You do a good job with this site, understanding you also have to coach, teach, and probably have somewhat of a life...maybe. :)

Albert Caruana said...

Check out this link to 3 separate posts about peaking by Chris Puppione:
http://www.crosscountryexpress.com/2012/05/peaking-part-i-ii-and-iii-by-chris.html

Anonymous said...

NCS combined team rankings like you did for SJS

Anonymous said...

Louis Rodrigues, Gabe Arias

Anonymous said...

Aidan Goltra; Julia Maxwell; Anna Maxwell; Gabe Arias

Anonymous said...

I second everything from Anonymous 3:43

Coach Anonymous said...

Albert, thanks for the link to Chris' peaking posts. Bookmarked them for a later read.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be good to post training questions. For example:

How many miles a week do you have your runners run? And why? Do you start your Freshmen runners low and progress over the years? And what training philosophy do you base that upon?

For instance, there are coaches who might have a junior boy running 50 miles a week, and yet another coach will have the same kid running 70? Why? Is there a benefit or detriment to higher mileage? If they are racing 5k, 3 miles, 2.2 miles, etc., is 60 miles a week necessary?

Training philosophy waxes and wanes, it appears, like clothing fads, and coaches frequently follow their favorite guru, so while one may favor slow and long runs, another likes progression runs and the third says, no, have them doing interval repeats all the time.

Another question that could be posted: Is coaching with scientific precision necessary? I know coaches who monitor the exact percentages of aerobic running, anaerobic running, their threshold and VO2 max runs, and other coaches who do not at all. Instead they coach by instinct with success. Is one method better than the other? Are we starting to move out of aerobic volume running and starting to lean more toward anaerobic or “speed” work? Even Alberto Salazar recommends now the slow run no slower than a minute and a half slower then 5k race pace. Of course, if one’s 5k race pace is 8:30, that’s a pretty slow slow run pace.

Another thing I’d like to see is you started a thread a few weeks ago called “Ask the coaches” or something like that, and although I think there were a number of trolls who hit that thread, at the same time, it could be beneficial. But if it’s buried 5 pages back, it’s not. Maybe it needs its own link at the top of the home page.

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