Cross Country 2011: Tips for Incoming Freshmen Pt. 2

21 Aug

Continuing yesterday’s list (which happened to make the front page of Flotrack today 🙂 ) here is my 2nd installment on advice for incoming freshmen for the 2011 Cross Country Season.

Nice stride babe


Prevention: If you are going to be seriously dedicated to this sport, you will do all that you can to prevent injuries. Here’s what you need to do:
Ice baths– I take 5 a week
Rolling Out– Every day, several times a day
See Your Trainer– They can give you ice and stem, massage you, and give you strengthening/rehab exercises (shout out to Christie! Thanks for all your help!)
SLEEP– Don’t be an idiot. Go to bed, get 9-10 hours of sleep. This is one of the biggest problems with freshmen. You want to go hang out with your new friends, stay on facebook until 3am, and wait until 11pm to start your homework. Avoid that BS and be responsible with your time management. You need a proper amount of sleep to recover Plus don’t get injured because you’ve been chasing tail all week staying up late. “If it hasn’t happened by midnight, it’s not gunna happen”– Ron Warhurst words of wisdom.
“KEEP IT SIMPLE, BE BORING”– Alex Gibby. You chose to be an elite athlete. Live like one. Eat, run, sleep, rest, and fit a little bit of swag in when you can.


Now I’m not going to guarantee that you will deal with some sort of injury over the next year, but it’s pretty likely that you will encounter some sort of injury whether minor or serious in our sport. Especially if you’re not taking the necessary steps above to prevent them.

-Don’t obsess over it. This can lead to depression. Depression does not help you recover, in fact it sets you back even more.
-Do all you can to make it better, see your trainer and do all the rehab you can.
-Listen to what your coach tells you, when you are injured he or she probably knows whats best for you to be doing in terms of cross training, don’t take training into your own hands.
-It’s not the end of the world. Realize this. Ask any of the best runners in the nation, guarantee they’ve dealt with injuries. They happen, it’s part of our sport, you deal with them properly and get through them.


Now I’m not telling you to go out and drink. I would never endorse underage drinking on this blog, I’m not stupid. BUT, although I just told you about how serious you need to be about your training, if you’re too serious it won’t do you any good. Maybe in the off-season go check out that block party, let yourself relax and enjoy college. It’s only 4 years, you’re thrown out into the real world when this thing is over.

Relax, have some fun, love America.

At least one more installment of this series to come!


8 Responses to “Cross Country 2011: Tips for Incoming Freshmen Pt. 2”

  1. catewestenhover August 22, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    Roll out multiple times a day? Ice bath 5x a week? Handle the sleep? … and today we remember that Zach really is a runner, not just some goof posting stuff online 🙂

    Dang. I feel so guilty about my own slackerness in recovery now.

  2. J Wibo August 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Wow, I really hope you don’t post pictures of the “best looking incoming freshman.” For all you know, some of these kids aren’t even 18, and are having their pictures posted all over the internet. To even suggest something like that really shows poor taste (which is what most of this blog is, there is a point where it steps beyond “good fun”).

    • eatrunswag August 23, 2011 at 4:54 am #

      I appreciate the feedback and realize that yes, that was in poor taste and not my smartest decision. Thanks for pointing that out. We all make mistakes, especially 20 year old college men full of hormones.

      To you suggesting that most of this site is in poor taste, however, I disagree. Lighten up and learn how to read a humorous blog. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of the reasons our sport is so unpopular is because it’s full of uptight prudes who don’t know how to laugh at themselves.

      • Jon Wibo August 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

        Another thing, why do you refer to males as “men” (like you just said, “20 year old college men”) but refer to females at a similar age or even older as “girls”? Seems to really show a double standard.

      • eatrunswag August 26, 2011 at 1:46 am #

        Lol Dude chill out. Y so Serious?

  3. Kevin August 26, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    Haters gon hate! It’s all good dude, everyone likes the site for what it is. If he has nothing better to do with his time than b!tch about your blog, then whatever. He’s not worth your time or effort to type a response in that case. Looking forward to future posts!

  4. TrackFan August 26, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    It is a good thing we have the blog police! Really – relax and enjoy the humor for what it is. Some is humor and some is actually really good information being passed along to other young runners. Somewhere they has to be a blog for those without a sense of humor. Heck – I’m in my 40s and find this blog both informative and amusing.

  5. Gabriel Mohabeer February 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    ice bath are needed if you want to relieve muscular pain and swelling but for more sever pain, you need pain killers and anti-inflammatories.;

    Look out for our own blog too

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