Maintaining Fitness throughout the Championship Season

The championship season in high school cross country can be a long and drawn out affair in the United States. The time period between state sectional meets and the Footlocker Championship race can last up to eight weeks for some runners. Maintaining both aerobic and anaerobic fitness is critical to racing success, yet energy systems need to be cycled in a different pattern to stay at their highest efficiency. There are also numerous psychological considerations to be aware of in keeping athletes fresh during this extended period of time. Some of these areas of physiological and psychological concern are individual in nature, and must be addressed that way, however broad guidelines can be used to provide a chassis for maintaining and even improving fitness during the championship racing period of time.

In training theory the Competitive Period can be broken into two parts, the tapering mesocycle, and the maintenance mesocycle. It takes about two to three weeks to taper properly, so the average cross country runner will only encounter this mesocycle before their biggest competitions. However, for the runners moving on to Nike Regionals and Nationals or Footlocker Regionals and Nationals, an additional three to five week mesocycle is employed to maintain fitness.

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