Run Group Week Four Term Two

Final Training Before Zone

Today was the final training session before Zone Cross Country on Friday.  We took it easy on the group but made sure that they did some real running at racing speed to get the body in the mood for Friday.  The session was 3 x 1 lap – plus some “fast finishes” to get used to completing the race in a positive way.

After training, we had a little chat about representing school at Zone.

Zone Cross Country

You will have all the information about Zone Cross Country from School.  It is a fantastic event so I hope many of you will come along, watch and shout on the runners.  The course is great – you can see the runners most of the way around and you will get to see what a great team spirit we have with this group of young runners.

When we spoke to the kids this morning, we shared the following thoughts:

  • Zone cross country is exactly the same distance as School cross country
  • You are all entitled to be there – you were in the top 6 at school – and should be proud to represent your school
  • The other kids won’t necessarily be faster than you – but there will be more of them around you
  • Make sure you smile and enjoy it
  • Use what you have learned in training
  • If you think you can do it, you will
  • Cross country is a TEAM sport
    • 1st place scores one point; 2nd scores two, etc – and the winning team is the one with the lowest score
    • Every time you pass another runner, you reduce the Avalon score by one and their team score increases by one
    • Each person you pass is worth two points
  • The parent speech – but that one is secret running business


Thought for the Week:  What to Say to Your Kids When they Compete

I always found it difficult to know what to say to my own kids when they were doing sport.  Do I ask questions or leave well alone?  Is it possible to get it right?

My favourite piece of research on the topic is from Rob Miller and Bruce E. Brown, who run Proactive Coaching.  To try to understand what makes a successful parent, Miller and Brown used a simple method: They asked kids what worked.  

For three decades, Miller and Brown asked US college-age athletes about the ways their parents had made a positive or negative impact. After several hundred interviews with a wide cross-section of kids, their informal survey had two insightful discoveries.

Number one: what kids hate most, is the conversations during the ride home after the game/ race.

More helpfully, the kids reported one phrase spoken by parents that brought them happiness. One simple sentence that made them feel joyful, confident, and fulfilled.

I love to watch you play.

That’s it. The research suggested that these words reframe your relationship; that you stop being the watchful supervisor, and you start being a steady, supportive presence.

I love to watch you play. 

It is a really simple message but it made me think hard about how I interact with my kids when they do sport, music or anything else that is important to them.



Posted in Avalon School, Kids, May 17th, 2017

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