Racing year-round can be challenging at times, especially when you are trying to peak for three straight seasons in a row.
Most collegiate runners can say that running all three seasons (cross country, indoor and outdoor track) can be exhausting, especially when there is no down time between all three sports. So, the real question you may be wondering is: When do we ever get a break?
For me, along with other runners, cross country in the fall and track in the spring are always the two prime sports I focus most of my attention on, and leaving indoor track being, well as I would call it, a “training period.”
Although many of us running athletes would consider ourselves determined and very well disciplined in our training regime, most of us use the indoor season as more of a down time and training process so that we are well adjusted and in tip top shape for outdoor season. But do not get me wrong, even though we call this season a “training period,” we usually still take work outs, races, and runs very seriously—just on a lighter note you may call it.
Instead of worrying about PRs and driving ourselves to the extreme like we may do for cross our outdoor season, we usually just go out there and race. Sometimes we even run better without the stress.
For instance, last year we had a total of 15 runners qualify for indoor nationals, and three out of those 15 were All-Americans. I would say that is pretty impressive for a season that is to be considered a “training period”
Despite some of us not pushing to the extreme, other runners, such as senior cross country and track runner Tony Migliozzi, sees indoor track just as important and actually holds his personal best in the 5000 from the indoor season with a 14:54. However, he understands why many runners take outdoor more seriously .
“Most runners aren’t in the best of shape during indoor,” Migliozzi said. “They see it more as a time to train for the outdoor season and progress in their training regime.”
Migliozzi also commented on his importance to indoor track.
“I actually have run my best times on the track during indoor season,” Migliozzi said. “I feel that it is easier to run indoor because of the wind resistance.”
From running consecutively year round, you can probably imagine the work and time runners put into their training schedules, and with another indoor training season just around the corner, I have set my efforts in training through the winter and using it as a time for adjustments before spring rolls around.
Pioneer runners will make their first step on the track next weekend at the Kent state indoor invite on Dec. 9.
Tina Oprean is a staff writer for Aviso AVW.