Cross Country Day – November 20th 2013

Cross Country – November 20th 2013

The annual YIS Cross Country will be held in Negishi Park on Wednesday 20th November.

Every PE class from Grade 3-12 will have the opportunity to complete some practice in advance of this exciting day!  The PE department will be sharing some information about the event and this week we would like to share some training ideas for MSHS to prepare for race day.  ES students are pretty active in PE as well as at recess and lunch, any G3-5 student who is keen to complete more training might like to talk to their parents about adding some extra walking, bicycle riding or perhaps a busy game of tennis, soccer, hockey or any other sport that gets the heart racing and the legs moving.

As the holiday approaches, it might be time to think about whether students have the most appropriate gear for Cross Country and PE, some ideas may include:

Shoes – All students need to wear proper athletic running shoes. Please do not buy the brightest lovely colored ones you see. Please go to a running/athletic shoe specific shop, take your old shoes and then talk to the person who knows about feet, shoes and needs – tell them about your need/s and any injury or issues you currently have. Try on many and then buy a pair.  This can be challenging if you don’t speak Japanese, but there are lots of running blogs about footwear and your friendly PE teacher can also assist you along the way.   The barefoot/minimalist shoes have brought out many different ideas and theories and it is important to know what is best for you and your body before you put miles into your shoes.

Socks – not all socks are created equally. Talk to sports shop people about socks and climate here in Yokohama. Good socks can cost more but you may find that they last longer in this climate and that you need less sock not more. Everyone has different likes and dislikes, try a few different types and then buy the one/s that you love.

Sports Shorts/shirts etc. – go and try on a variety of brands and get things that fit you well. Try and choose the dry-fit type fabrics and then buy some warmer layers for colder weather. Think about when you exercise, and if it includes the dark, try and get some gear with reflective panels or bright colours.  All YIS students are required to wear a YIS T-shirt to PE – check with the school shop to claim yours!

Sports Bras – Are expensive and don’t always do the job. Try different brands and sizes until you find something that works (is supportive and doesn’t chafe etc.) best for you.

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