Hudson Elite Tackles Cross Country in Tallahassee

There are very few races in the USA national racing circuit that score club teams. Club Cross Country has a rich history of attracting the best clubs to compete over grass, dirt and gravel for the bragging rights of the toughest club in the nation. This year our men and women competed against other USA clubs in Tallahassee at Apalachee Regional Park.

We prepared for the National Championships through a few specific cross country workouts. All of these workouts are designed to stimulate the hard start of a race, and then hanging tough on unpredictable terrain. Cross country races also tend to have more pace changes, so we tried to stimulate that in workouts as well. A few of our favorite workouts were:

men on the podium with a 3rd place finish!  

men on the podium with a 3rd place finish!
 

  1. 2 x 200m strides to stimulate the start of the race +
    6 x 1k over grass at 6k intensity with 2min 30sec recovery +
    4 x 300m hill strides on road
     
  2. All over grass:
    2k progression at 10k intensity
    2 minute recovery
    3 x 1km with 1 minute 30sec recovery
    4 x 500m hard with 2 minute recovery
     
  3. 1 mile hard on road
    3min recovery
    4 x 90seconds hard on road with 1 minute recovery
    1 mile hard on grass
    3 minute recovery
    4 x 90 seconds hard on grass with 1 minute recovery

Overall we had a successful day in Tallahassee: our men’s team took 3rd place and our women placed 8th (full results here), with one top 10 individual finish, and 4 athletes between the men and women placing in the top 50. Here is what Brad and a few of our athletes had to say about the event:

Women placed 8th as team led by addie bracy who placed 32nd

Women placed 8th as team led by addie bracy who placed 32nd

I believe that every Hudson Elite athlete should care that our team is represented as a cohesive group, and club cross country allows each athlete to support the others that are with them in training every day. My goal is to win Men/Women both and compete for the podium every year. This year we took another step toward that ultimate goal, as our men finished 3rd behind two sponsored groups, and our women finished 8th in a very deep field. I am looking forward to improving each year!  ~Brad Hudson
Trevor was the highest placing hudson elite athlete, finishing 9th. photo cred: Michael scott

Trevor was the highest placing hudson elite athlete, finishing 9th. photo cred: Michael scott

 

I enjoyed the trip to Tallahassee and loved racing as a team with Hudson elite. I was pleased that we finished third in a very competitive field. Hanging out with the group before and after the race was so much fun and I hope to do it again for years to come. ~Trevor Dunbar
I loved the course! It was a perfect mix of undulating hills and different terrain; it was a ton of fun to run. I was so honored to be able to toe the line with the ladies; I have the utmost respect for each of my teammates. Everyone was in different segments of training cycles, some of us are marathon specialists, and some are milers. It was a blast to be with those girls on the course. It’s not something we get to do often as post collegiate runners. ~Kara Lubieniecki

Club Cross Country was a great way to finish up 2016 as a team, and we are looking forward to the success that 2017 will bring!