Cross Country Running
Over the past decade our society has become much more conscious of the benefits of being physically fit. Many of us have started off with basic exercises in a gym or a great workout from our favorite DVD. However, inside many of us is a want-to-be athlete or runner. In fact, visions of being physically fit running a cross country race along a beautiful countryside has a breathless beauty and appeal. So what about cross country running? What is it? Who are cross country runners? Is it something you might like to try?
What is cross country running?
The emphasis of Cross country running is not on the individual. This is basically a team sport. Running takes place outdoors on rugged terrain which can consist of hiking trails, mountain trails, hills, dirt roads, grass, gravel and sometimes sand. The running course is longer than that in other running events; distances generally 3.1 and 6.2 respectively (5K's and 10K's). Endurance and speed are necessary aspects of running for each team member. As the individual team members cross the finish line, they are assigned their finishing score. For instance, if you are the first to cross the finish line, your score is one. If you are the second person to cross, your score is two. Teams are generally made up of seven or more runners. However, it's usually only the top five scores within a team that are tallied for the team's final score. The team completing the cross country course with the lowest total score is the winner.
Who are cross country runners?
Some mid-level schools and high schools team up for cross country running, as well as college level athletes. In addition, private clubs of those under the age 18 make up another group. Worldwide cross country is also a popular sport. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championship is made up of countries from all over the world. Their yearly championship events are significant to runners serious about competing.
Is cross country running for you?
Obviously cross country running is not for everybody. It involves difficult training to build endurance and speed. However, you don't have to be an Olympian champion either. This sport is particularly for the runner and not the spectator. A spectator of the event would have difficulty observing the race due to the course distance, its bends and many twists. However, it is the runner that delights in the physical challenge while the beautiful surrounding land feeds their senses. Since the last part of the course is usually a flat stretch of land, the runner changes gears as he or she sprints across the finish line. If this sounds like something you would like to do, here are some other related topics you will need to look at:
Stretching—how and when?
What to do before a race?
How to prevent injuries?
What to wear? What type of shoes?
How long should you keep your running shoes?
How to stay focused?
What to eat before a race?
What to eat while in daily training?
How many days during the week should you run before a race?
What is the proper form in running?
There are many reasons why people cross country run. Some like to go running or engage in jogging exercise for overall health, to lose weight, or to compete. Whatever your reason, with the right tools and hard work, you can become the athlete you always wanted to be.
Although our website is mainly for joggers, there are many joggers who like to participate in cross country running events so we thought we would add this page for anyone interested. Be sure and check out our article about all the health benefits jogging exercise has to help you lead a longer, healthier life.