Running with Heart – HS XC Week 3

Coaches Jo and Carolyn front the pack while leading the warmup before grassy intervals

The third and final high school running camp had a flavor all its own. The personalities of these youngsters shone through and they not only held an enterprising talent show, they kept the coaching staff laughing all week. With coaches Rosalea, Carolyn and Barry brand new to Craftsbury,  Coach Jo returning to volunteer and Coach Jo Jo and me, we still were barely able to keep up with them on the humor front. Twelve year old Joey was away from home for the first time. Four-time returner Sam brought an entire contingent from his team in Amherst, MA. And Isabel returned from the first week of camp to show us she was ready to tackle the Ridge Run in full.

Coach Rosalea talks about the hill workout

A swallowtail butterfly clung to my sock for the ride to Irasburg

Perfect day for a hike on Pisgah

Owa leads the pack on the run to Westmore Beach

Eileen swings along with picture perfect form on the run to Westmore Beach.

Nathaniel and Fernanda share the finish line

Coach Barry completes the first Endurathon of his Craftsbury coaching career.

Connor and Joey live large at the Lake Willoughby ice cream stop

Coach Jo Jo gave the harriers five minutes of instruction and then sent them off on their fartlek session.

Sarah and Heather are focused on their task

Nathaniel, Amy and Eileen in full flight

Patrick and Zander were a well-matched duo

We borrowed a friendly neighbor’s front porch after our workout.

As always, the Black River is a welcome treat after the hot workout on the Common

Silly runners after the Black River swim

It was a tight knight group of teens this week


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