2018 Summer High School XC Training

posted May 23, 2018, 11:50 AM by Coach Mathis   [ updated May 23, 2018, 12:15 PM ]

Please fill out the following form to reserve a spot:

620 Gold Summer '18 Athlete Contact Form.

***Families who are new to 620 Running will need to please complete the full Registration Form / Waiver and submit Payment to complete the registration process.

Summer program that is designed for High School level runners and / or athletes with the training age and maturity for 6-7 days / week training. Program is intended for competitive athletes looking to take their fitness to the next level.

  • Supervised training in a fun and encouraging group setting.

  • Individualized training plan for each athlete

  • Training Priority #1: training consistency - working toward training frequency of 6-7 days per week.

  • Training Priority #2: ramping up weekly training volume to an appropriate level for high school competition using a measured progression that maximizes adaptation and minimizes risk of overuse.

  • Training Priority #3: “Quality” sessions addressing stamina, strength, speed, and form with pacing and volume individualized for each athlete.

  • Space is limited.  Coach's approval required for admission to Gold Training Group.

Summer Schedule:

Session 1 (May 26 - June 30) - $110

Session 2 (July 1 - Aug 6)  - $110

(Prorated discounts can be arranged for athletes who will miss significant time due to vacation or schedule conflicts.  Please discuss details with the coaching staff.)

M-F 7:00 am @ Towne Square Park (Steiner Ranch)

*Some Thursday practices may be at various locations (outside of Steiner)

Sat - Off / Make-up / Alternate Long Run option

Sun - 6:15 am Long Run ( Barton Springs Pool)

October 2016 - Modified Practice Schedule

posted Oct 5, 2016, 5:00 AM by Coach Mathis

In order to avoid schedule conflicts between our 620 Running practices and the school XC meets, we have moved some of the October practice days.  Please see below for specifics:

October 2016 - Modified Practice Schedule:

Wk 1 -  Mon 10/3     Thur 10/6     Fri 10/7
Wk 2 -  Mon 10/10   Thur 10/13   Fri 10/14
Wk 3-   Mon 10/17   Wed 10/18    (no practice on Fri 10/21 due to XC meet on Sat 10/22)

Wk 4 -  Mon 10/24   Wed 10/26    Thur 10/27

5:30 PM - 6:50 PM

September 2016 - Modified Practice Schedule

posted Aug 30, 2016, 3:27 PM by Coach Mathis

Wk 1 -  Fri 9/2
Wk 2 -  Mon 9/5    Wed 9/7     Fri 9/9 (Meet at St Andrews)
Wk 3 -  Mon 9/12   Wed 9/14   Thu 9/15
Wk 4 -  Mon 9/19   Thu 9/22    Fri 9/23
Wk 5 -  Mon 9/26   Thu 9/29    Fri 9/30

Middle School XC Season and 620 Running

posted Aug 30, 2016, 3:16 PM by Coach Mathis

For our athletes who are in 7th or 8th grade and are running cross-country for their middle school’s team, you may be wondering whether or not you should continue practicing with 620 Running in the evenings during this time.  I want to give my perspective and inform you of the options available.  A primary focus is to keep our athletes, especially newer runners, from over-training during this time and potentially experiencing injuries associated with doing too much too soon. However, not all of our athletes attend the same school, or participate in the same classes and activities, and therefore, do not receive the same training load.    

For example, a female athlete might run with her cross country team before school, then attend the athletic period during school where she does additional physical training, while also swimming multiple days a week after school with her swim club.  In most cases, this athlete would be best served by not attending our afternoon practices until her school’s XC season is finished.  On the other hand, a male athlete may attend cross country practice in the mornings, but may not be involved in any other sports activities or physical education class.  This athlete may have sufficient running experience and fitness level to continue practicing with 620 Running in addition to participation with his middle school team.

For those athletes who choose to continue to train with us during their school XC season, our focus will be to provide supplemental training that they may not have time to cover during the limited time with their school team. Usually, the athlete will get plenty of  “quality” work or higher intensity training through the school team’s practices and weekly meets.  Therefore, our supplemental training will include an appropriate volume of easy-paced running, technique training, strength training, core, and stretching.

A few additional points:

  • We have altered our practice schedule from mid-September through mid-October to avoid conflicts with the school XC meets. E-mail with details coming shortly.

  • 620 Running is attending 3 meets scheduled during Sept / Oct and whether your athlete is actively training with us or not, we want them to compete in these meets if they are interested and available.  Cross Country is a team sport requiring at least 5 finishers for team scoring. In some age groups we need every athlete available to meet this requirement.

  • There are two school holidays during this period, Sept. 5 and Oct 10.  We will have practice on those days.

  • The training fee for the month of September will be reduced to $35 for any 7th and 8th Grade athletes who are training with their school’s Cross Country Team and would like to participate in this supplemental training with 620 Running.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Back to School Practice Schedule

posted Aug 21, 2016, 3:38 PM by Coach Mathis

I know that everyone is excited about getting back to school tomorrow!  With that comes our change back to evening practices.  Please take note of the new times and days.  In past years, we used a M/W/Sa schedule, but this year we will be practicing on M/W/F.

August 22 - November 6, 2016 (start of school until DST change)

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:

5:30 PM - 6:50 PM

Modified Practice Schedule Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2016

posted Jan 28, 2016, 5:40 AM by Coach Mathis

Due to the LISD Winter Break, we will have some modifications to the practice schedule over the next week.  This week, we will offer practice on Friday afternoon in lieu of Saturday morning. Next week, no practice on Monday. Wednesday's practice will be moved to Thursday afternoon.  Please review:

Friday Jan 29 - Practice 4:45 - 5:55 pm
Saturday Jan 30 - No Practice (moved to Friday)
Monday Feb 1 - No Practice 
Wednesday Feb 3 - No Practice (moved to Thurs)
Thursday Feb 4 - 4:45- 5:55 pm
Saturday Feb 6 - back to normal practice schedule

Holiday Practice Schedule

posted Dec 18, 2015, 5:47 PM by Coach Mathis

Sat Dec 19 - normal morning practice 7:30 - 8:50 am.
Mon Dec 21 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm (early start to allow for full practice)
Wed Dec 23 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Sat Dec 26 - No Practice
Mon Dec 28 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Wed Dec 30 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Sat Jan 2 -  4:00 - 5:30 pm (practice moved to afternoon)

St Andrew's Middle School XC Inv 2015

posted Jul 26, 2015, 1:18 PM by Coach Mathis

St Andrew's Middle school cross country invitational 2015.
We are having the invitational cross country this year on friday afternoon september 11,2015.
4:30-5:15: walk thrus the course
5:30pm: 5-6th Grade Girls 2 miles
5:50pm :5-6th Grade Boys 2 miles
6:10pm :7-8th Grade Girls 2 miles
6:30pm:7-8 th Grade Boys 2 miles
Mail the check :
5901 Southwest Parkway
Austin, Texas 78735
Cost :$75 per team 5-10 Runners 
$15 individual
To qualify for team; you will have to register 5 or more runners.

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