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February 16th is the day of the first High school meet of the year. The Feast Patriot Track and Field team is starting out strong, performing well in practices and continuing to show commitment in training. Incoming meets usually cause anxiety or nervousness. Luckily, there are a few ways to avoid becoming nervous prior to events.
Firstly, it is important to have faith in your training. A few common fears involve the outcome of an event. While it’s easy to begin wondering and worrying about the results, one must remember the process first. The times achieved in training will often mirror the times attained in races. So instead of stressing about the results, simply look at your training times and see how far you can go.
Preparing beforehand can also end stress. By putting together a plan and creating a strategy, you’ll feel more prepared going into the event. Start by deciding what you’ll eat prior to your event, and then begin strategizing. If you’re not sure how to create your own game plan, ask one of the coaches for advice.
If the worries of running overcome you, praying can help relieve stress and put your mind in a more positive place. Set aside a few minutes to thank God for getting you to where you currently are, and ask him for the strength you’ll need when competing.
With the new year of 2019 comes the beginning of another track season! As practices and training begin, it is important to properly prepare for the cold weather running. Here are a few pointers that will make even the chilliest of runs enjoyable and productive.
I. Be sure to properly warm up
The colder weather means that a warm-up will be crucial in avoiding injuries. Warm muscles are longer and more supple, and therefore do not tear as easily as cold muscles. A complete warm-up, including strides, or bleacher runs fully prepare a runner for the workout to come.
II. Dress for the weather
Before leaving for a run or training session, you must be appropriately dressed for the current weather. Cold-weather running gear is a must once the temperature drops. Windproof jackets and pants will help warm muscles and make the exercise more comfortable. Gloves and sweat-wicking socks will keep fingers and toes nice and cozy.
III. Change as soon as you can
Body temperatures drop as soon as an activity is concluded. Changing out of cold, damp clothing allows a faster recovery following workouts. Bring extra hats, jackets, and gloves to put on after your training session.
IV. Reward yourself
Running in the cold is both mentally and physically challenging. Keeping a warm beverage, tasty treat, or warm blanket in mind can help you get through a workout. Remember that pain is temporary, and you won’t freeze from 40-degree weather!
If you have any additional questions about the FEAST Track and Field program please contact Coach Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NOTE: You must be a Patriot Pass holder in order to participate in any FEAST sport.
FEAST closed the season with an excellent performance at the Texas Homeschool Track and Field Championship, sweeping the competition to win the Varsity and JV divisions and setting four new school records.
Champions in the Varsity division are: Aidan Carlson in the 3200 meter and 1600 meter runs, Alexandra Lanoce in the 100 dash, Justin Gould in the 400 meter dash, Isaiah Hudgens in the 110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, and pole vault, Mikell Everett in Discus, and David Rivera in the javelin.
The relay teams performed excellently, winning all twelve of the relays and setting two new records in the male and female 4x100s.
School records set at the state meet include: Aiden Carlson, breaking the record in the 3200 with a time of 9:17; Justin Gould, breaking the 400 meter dash by 0.39 seconds with a time of 50.76, and both of the Varsity 4×100 teams broke school records by approximately 0.10 seconds (the old records were 44.08 for the men and a 52.28 by the women).
In the JV division; Sophia Sabo won the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles; Chase Hill won the 110 meter and 300 hurdles; Angel Martinez won the 100 meter dash; Roger Martinez won the 400 meter dash; and Malachi Hudgens won the pole vault.
The middle school division also performed well, winning every division except for the 10U and 14U boys.
The seniors graduating this year are: Bethany Farias, Hannah Newman, Hannah Macias, Jacob Benitez, Chandler Myles, Josiah Perez, and Aiden Carlson. The FEAST coaches honored them at the end-of-season fellowship.