Todays , in preparation for the last few weeks of the Kanto Plains Cross Country, we began to run up hills and improve our endurance on elevations. We practiced this run because during the Kanto Plains cross country run, there is a large hill we need to run up against. In order to help us improve our speeds and endurance on this part of the run, we practiced running hills as a way for our bodies to get used to running up. I found that this was not my strong aspect of my run, as I continuously struggled to run up the hill very fast and had to really strive to get to the top. I found that I was using up all my energy before running the hill, and so I was tried the moment I needed to put all my effort into running up the incline. After two laps of running the hill, I found that keeping a regular pace was a struggle, since I had no more energy left for running. However, once I finished running up the hill, I tried to focus on continuing to run and forcing myself to keep a regular pace and not begin jogging I found that I was able to continue to run at a regular pace and that I had become much more mentally stronger than at the start of Cross Country. I found that this was a good run for me as I was able to challenge myself to continue running even though I was tired, but I need to improve on running up the hill. I think that I will try to use the strong aspects of my run, my mentality, as a way to gain an advantage during cross country. However, I will strive to work and improve my weaknesses, like running up the hill, so that I become a more complete cross country runner with strengths in all areas of running.
Today was a regular run for me, as the cross country team ran its regular run, which was about 2.1 Km. I continued to work on my main weakness, pace and stamina, to ensure that I am ready for the Kanto Plains Cross Country event. I found that I still struggled on maintaining a good pace, however I found promising signs that It was improving. I was able to run with as much effort as possible for a longer time and distance, which was something I could not before. Apart from that, I mainly worked on my strengths and weaknesses and ensured that I gave as much effort as possible so that I could learn and improve much more from this practice run. I was also able to run much faster than before, and I wish to work on that part of my run as much as I can.
The course of the run that was chosen today allowed me to emphasize on my running hills as well as how to maintain a continuous pace throughout all the race. These two components of running are the two major components I need to work on, so I was relieved to know that we would be given an opportunity to work on these components during our run. I worked on running up the hill, and I was glad that I was able to keep a steady but relatively quick pace on the incline of the hill. I was also quite pleased, but noted that I do need to improve, my pace throughout the run. I was able to maintain a quick steady pace throughout most of my run, and I was quite happy with that. However, i did find that I did not give all my effort during the run, and this is something I will try to work on during the later runs. I feel that over the last few weeks, I have been able to identify faults in running, which has allowed me to work on components of my run which are the weakest.
Today was the day of the Kanto Plains Cross Country, and I was quite happy but at the same time concerned with my run. I was quite happy that I was able to receive 50th place, which is one of the top places that I have received this season. I was also happy that I was able to maintain a steady pace through most of the run, but my start is something I need to work on. Although I did try to improve it, my run during beginning of the race was not very approving. I knew that the start is the place where I need the most drastic improvements, so I worked on it during the practice runs , but I still seem to struggle. I think that I really need to have a fine start to the race to ensure that I will achieve my goals, but at the moment this is something I struggle to get. Although I did struggle at the beginning, I soon was able to keep up a secure pace, and I was able to run up the hill keeping the same pace, though I did have trouble continuing to run near the top of the hill. I think that I will need to work on finishing well on hills, to make sure I do not use up all my energy when going up hills or inclines.