Cougar Cross Country
Throughout the course of the 2011 season, MVNU
senior runner Nate Winters will write a weekly blog about what is
happening with the team.
the Dog Out?" (posted on September 20, 2011)
I don't know what it is about dogs and
runners, but for some reason, the dogs don't
like us. We had just turned off of Pleasant
Street, when we made a most unpleasant
discovery. The dog that lived in the house
we were running past did not like runners,
and he was not on a leash.
that it's important that I stop the story
for a moment, to add that I knew there was a
dog at this house, because I have run by
this house and seen this dog before.
However, I was hoping that the dog was
inside, and, since there were ten of us, I
felt safe running by this house.
the feeling of safety went away as the dog
charged across the yard, barking like crazy
and looking very crazy. Some of us barked
back. The dog only ran to the edge of the
yard, but all of us ran cautiously past just
in case he decided he was hungry.
This week, we were able to run more because
we didn't have a race. Instead of doing our
typical 4Xmile workout on Tuesday, coach
gave us a hill route to run. Hills are
called "speed work in disguise", because
they can really get your heart pounding and
your body tired, but you aren't running that
fast. We also did some more sessions of Chip
Ripper X abs. Our abs are hurting now, but
they will be looking good very soon.
We only had one dangerous run for the
entire week and on Friday, we got to play
ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate Frisbee is
probably the most fun you can have as a
runner, and I look forward to those Fridays
when we can end practice early and go play
and exercise at the same time.
weekend we are at Otterbein. Usually,
Otterbein is a fairly fast course, so we are
all excited to run some fast times.
Hopefully, we aren't running fast because
there are dogs chasing us.
Name: Jace Andrew
Favorite food: Lobster, Shrimp and steak
Favorite cross country
course: Wilmington College
movie: There are so many! Probably, She's
Out of My League
"To give anything
less than your best is to sacrifice the
"A lot of people run a race
to see who is fastest. I run to see who has
the most guts, who can punish himself into
exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish
himself even more."
story: My junior year of track we were
running at Johnstown; the 4x800; I was the
2nd leg and the guy handing off to me
stepped on the back of my shoe spike while I
was taking off. My heel was completely out
of the shoe as I took a couple steps, so I
just kicked the shoe off. I ran the two laps
and felt my foot pounding on the track and
throbbing, then went numb. I ran a 2:09 that
race and we ended up winning. My foot hurt
so bad, some people on the team noticed but
some did not.
Anything else you want
the world to know about you:
I...Like...Lamp, I like ....chair....I like
"Da Frenzy" McKenzie
Hometown: Plymouth, Ohio
Marketing with a minor in Graphic Design
Favorite food: Grandma's squash
Favorite cross country course: Wilmington
Favorite movie: V for
Vendetta, Tangled, or Gnomeo and Juliet
Favorite running quote: "Insert any Pre
Crazy running story: Do
not really have any crazy running stories.
But one of my favorite moments during cross
country us when we went to Michigan I
believe and we all laid in bed listening to
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.
Anything else you want the world to know
about you: I want the world to know that I
plan on doing something big. Smothering huge
in this world and if you are my friend now
you will be richly rewarded later on down
the line. I also want the world to know
Jace's dad is paying me weekly to be Jace's
Complete "Right in Stride with