This is Monday, September 11, 2023.

I had my first cross-country race fifty-one years ago today.

Our home course was the 1-mile loop around DeSmet Jesuit High School. That Day, Paul Heck led the varsity with a 10:10 time for the two-mile course.

As a freshman, somehow, I got around the course in 18:09 for two miles, losing a shoe in the last 100 yards.

I ran just over 300 races before I won my first one, during my senior year in college, at Santa Clara University, on the old Almaden Quicksilver course, 5.8 miles, I ran in 33:20.

Cross country has been a fun part of my life and I hope you enjoy this season, no matter if it is your first of fiftieth.

Your workout today:

Warm-up, 45-55 minutes easy to moderate running, 6 x 150m stride outs, cooldown.