For high school track & field athletes, a sad reality has set in: the season is over. What is a runner, jumper or thrower to do? Taking some time off to recuperate is a good way to start, but after a couple of weeks, you'll feel ready and willing to get back at it. Here's what you should do next.
Get into the weight room
Ask your team coach or strength and conditioning coach for a program that fits the needs of your specialty. Your school weight room will most likely have summer hours, so check with your coaches or athletic director for a schedule.
Hit the track
Most high school tracks are open to the public year-round, so have at it! You could even get a group of your teammates together to help push and motivate each other. Schedule a time to meet, and dedicate one day to acceleration work, one day to speed work and one day to endurance.
Join a fall sport
Most fall sports—such as cross country, soccer and football—begin their conditioning in late June or early July. As research has shown, multi-sport athletes tend to be better athletes overall and suffer fewer injuries. The speed, strength, endurance and agility you gain in one sport will help you in others.
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Sign up for local road or trail runs, enter an obstacle course race, join a CrossFit gym, start an ultimate Frisbee club with your friends: whatever you do, stay active. And as always, have a safe and happy summer. After all, there are only (approximately) 250 days until the next track season begins. (But who's counting?)
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