On Your Mark pre-training youth program is an introduction to the world of distance running for students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. While we believe that students this age are too young to engage in rigorous, formal training, we do believe that if they have an interest in running cross country in the seventh grade, it is appropriate for them to start learning how to train. Learning the “how” is our focus. We want to introduce a basic understanding of the training process, instill quality training habits, and begin to develop a healthy mental approach to the sport.
Practices will be an hour long, two days a week over a six week period. Each hour session will include dynamic stretching, basic drills, a short run, strides, static stretching, and a theme that revolves around an Over The Mountain core value.
We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm by Mountain Brook Elementary School’s field, running the Jemison Trail.
We will begin Tuesday, September 4th, and have our final practice on Thursday, October 11th.
OTM Coaching’s “On Your Mark” Two-mile race will be held on October 27th at 8:00am (location TBD.)