Anonymous said: Hi!! I'm a incoming senior runner as well, had shin problems all last season (kind of like the hip thing you mentioned). Could you please go through the injury prevention routine you mentioned?
A lot of people have asked a similar question so here y’all go: first of all, I lift which in itself is injury prevention because it helps strengthen weak areas of the body. Second, I do a little GSM circuit every night before bed to help with my glutes and hips. This consists of 10x donkey kicks, donkey swings, fire hydrants, and hip circles (forward and backward on each leg)— then I will do some band work with clamshells and such. It really helps!
Anonymous said: When you got injured last year, how long did you have to stop running? How long did it take you to get back into the shape you were in before once you'd recovered?
I was pretty lucky considering I only had to take about a month off. Now before, I had taken random smatterings of days off because I didn’t know I was seriously injured, but that was the longest consecutive stretch (about mid-September to mid-October). During this time I actively cross-trained with core, pool running, and biking. It did take me a while to get back in shape, especially considering I only had three meets left. But, at the State Meet, I ran very well and was back to feeling like 90% of my normal self! Then of course I had to take time off, but I would say by February I had totally surpassed my old fitness level and had my best track season yet!
run fast & free. downhills aren’t so good for your knees but damn they’re so good for your soul.
Jenny tearing up the track
One more funny story— there was an assistant coach quietly sitting there the whole meeting who I didn’t pay much attention to. Then at the end, he just casually mentions he’s married to Molly Huddle. *The* Molly Huddle who just set the American 5k record, right right.
I just had the most awesome visit at Brown and totally fell in love with the school and Providence and the running program there! I will most likely go on my official visit September 20th and can definitely say it’s my top choice. Here’s to the future and go Brown Bears🐻
Elise Cranny- 1500m finals World Junior Championships
Anonymous said: How do you usually warm up/cool down for cross country races? How fast, how long, etc?
Our team usually runs for about 10-15 minutes as a warm-up (very slowly). Then, we static stretch for about 15 minutes. Finally, we do plyos for the ten minutes leading up to the start of the race (increasing in intensity) with strides!