Cross Country Articles

Endurance is a must for any cross country runner. Through STACK's speed workouts, you'll not only develop endurance, but you'll also build aerobic capacity, lower-body strength and pure speed. To maximize performance, follow the fueling and hydration guidelines outlined below and check out the latest training shoes, racing spikes and apparel. Find advice on improving every aspect of your cross country performance from the nation's top coaches and elite athletes.

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5 Essential Cross Country Workouts Explained

Don't know what a "fartlek" is? No problem. Here's a rundown of every cross country workout you'll encounter...

High School Cross Country Star Battles Multiple Sclerosis and Breaks Records

No runner finished ahead of Mount Tabor (N.C.) High School's Kayla Montgomery during her senior cross country season. And her undefeated streak co...

Flexibility for Cross Country From the Ground Up

Cross Country athletes, and runners in general, typically have two goals: Run faster and stay injury free.  Both performance and injury prevention are a...

STACK Attends the 2014 Ohio Track and Cross Country Coaches Clinic

This weekend, STACK is attending the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Clinic outside Columbus. The three-day clinic, the larges...

Cross-Country Nutrition Tips for the Long Run

Runners - especially those in cross country at either the high school or collegiate level - ask a lot of their bodies. Many runners put in high mileage...

Best Plyometric Exercises for 5 Sports Skills

Plyometrics are essential to your development as an athlete. However, you can't aimlessly hop, skip and jump, or you will set yourself up for an inj...

STACK Summer Training Guide 2013

No matter how big and strong you are, if you're winded and out of breath at the end of the game, you won't win. On the court or playing field, con...

Cross Country Summer Training Guide 2013

STACK's Cross Country Training Guide was developed by Andrew Kastor, head coach of the Mammoth Track Club. Kastor and his wife, 2004 Olympic Marath...

Master the Hills to Dominate Your Cross Country Race

Knowing how to run the hills makes a huge difference in a race. To be a dominant cross-country runner, you need to master hills—not just climbin...

5 Top Weight Room Exercises for Cross Country Runners

Running more than three miles at a competitive pace requires grueling effort, practice and discipline. When training for cross country, you need t...