Saturday, December 17, 2016

Indoor Update - 12/17

Darts -
This is a longer email, but I hope you will take the time to read it. We have had 2 solid weeks of indoor track going. The workouts have been great, and we can see that many of you are excited and determined to get fit (strong and fast). Plus, a lot of you are bringing some good energy. We have the beginnings of a TEAM, but we have a lot of work in front of us, and we can improve in a lot of areas.
First of all, if you have not come to a practice for indoor, it is NOT too late to get started (it's also not too late the first week after the break, but the sooner the better). Don't be afraid to come to the next few practices and get the ball rolling. We only have 4 practices left this year! You may also decide to just start up when we get to outdoor track (February 27), but I think you will regret not putting in some work and gaining some experience during indoor.
Secondly, those of you who have committed to this TEAM have got to do a little better at being consistent and finding some DESIRE and PURPOSE. I was a bit disappointed this morning. We had a very fun Christmas run - Santa hats, Christmas sweaters, holiday music, pancakes and chocolate milk - and I know it was a "distance" run, but we opened it up to sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, and even throwers to come and do the best you can (even 2 miles if that is all you were ready for). I invited you all week, hoping we would see some excited, passionate ATHLETES who want to be a part of this and want to get better. Shawna was there flipping pancakes, and excited to see if her speed group was tough enough (or self-motivated enough) to come and put in some work. There were only about 5 from the speed/hurdle/jump group who came. Maybe we have a bunch of wimps on this team, but I don't think so. I think you have more to give...No one DIED from the cold or early run this morning, but quite a few people build some character and had a good TEAM experience. The alternative? Stay in bed and get "softer".
We really want to see what you are made of. You are NOT going to get these days back, and right now there is only a small handful of you who are willing to really pay the price to get better. I don't care if you are training to break 4:00 in the mile or 7:00. I don't care if you are training to go under 50 seconds in the 400 or under 70 seconds (or just training to finish the 400 for that matter). Whatever you are trying to do, start finding ways to do your best! You are not going to get better and you are not going to be satisfied if you aren't willing to sacrifice, to hurt, and to spend some time trying hard to get better. We can ALL improve and we can all dig deeper to get better. Quit finding stupid reasons and excuses NOT to workout; quit being LAZY; quit being AFRAID. I hope you all have GOALS, and I hope you all want to accomplish something by doing track & field with us. Now let's see some desire and passion. Let's see you working your butt off to get better and to be a part of something great - part of a TEAM. A number of you are doing a great job at this by the way, I just know that a bunch of you have more in you than I have seen so far in the first 2 weeks.
#noexcuses #noregrets #toughness #guts #goals #tradition #nopainnogain #sacrifice #determination #passion #fightforit #dontgiveup #grit #heart #whereisit? #whatareyoumadeof? #Simplot #statechampions?

Now some business...
Practice this week -
We will have practice on Monday and Tuesday (Cafeteria at 2:45pm). No practice on Wednesday.

Practice over the Break - We are going to have 2 organized practices over the break - both Thursdays. Distance runners should meet at the school at 8:00am and everyone else at 9:00am. We will have a workout and open the indoor track and the weight room. It will be a great opportunity to maintain your fitness and to get some extra work (maybe even some block work). Thursdays - 12/22 and 12/29. We will hand out suggested workouts for the other days on your own. Do something! Don't come back completely out of shape.

Hurdle Clinic (12/30) - We would like ALL of the hurdlers to attend a hurdle clinic on Friday, 12/30. We will meet at the school at 8:00am and we will be going to Morgan to the indoor track. It will give you a chance to work on all 5 hurdles. We will provide lunch (Cafe Rio) after. It's a fun "Hurdle Mafia" tradition.

Indoor Track Fee - Please pay $25 in the office before the break on Wednesday. Checks made out to Davis High. Thanks for those who have paid.

Indoor Racing Tops - You can wear whatever you want for indoor races, but we will have team tops available for purchase. We will have samples at practice this week. They will cost $26, but they are going to be awesome! Sign up for one at practice this week.

Social Media - Follow us on Twitter (@davistrackandxc) and Instagram (@davistrackandxc). Cool updates and pictures to come (not just of distance runners). We're almost to 1000 followers on Twitter!

Parent Emails - If your parents would like to be on the email list, please send me their name and email address. They will then get the weekly updates (usually also posted at

Indoor Track Schedule:
January 6-7: BYU Invite
January 20-21: Weber State Invite
January 27-28: Utah Indoor Championships
February 6-7: Boise Indoor Meet (small group)
February 13: Utah Distance Challenge
February 19-21: Simplot Games

Enjoy your weekend!
Coach Talley

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Indoor Track Update - 12/10

Darts -
Welcome to the Davis Indoor Track TEAM. It was exciting to see so many of you at the meeting on Tuesday. We had some great opening practices this week, but there were quite a few of you who didn't attend, and we really hope that you will give it a try this coming week. Don't be afraid and don't be LAZY!
Indoor track can be VERY beneficial many reasons. We're building strength and speed and endurance that will help you with outdoor track (and with other sports), and we work hard to build a TEAM atmosphere. The unity we build now, will help us a ton in outdoor track as we make a run for the region and state championships. But we need to have committed individuals! We want athletes who will show up with a strong desire to get better. Who are willing to work and to make sacrifices to be at the practices. Who won't give up when it gets hard.

Frequently Asked (or Thought) Questions:
What if I am not very fast? I hear this concern a lot. The truth is, it doesn't matter how fast you are. Of course, the whole point is trying to get faster or jump higher or throw farther, but the MOST IMPORTANT thing to focus on is self-improvement, NOT comparison to others. Plus, you never know how good you might get. We have too many sophomores who give up because they don't feel "fast enough" - well, who knows how "FAST" you might get if you consistently worked at it for a year or two.

What do I do if I am in Junior High? We love having 8th and 9th graders work out with us. I think it helps them have a good base going into their junior high season. It is just a bit tricky since practice is already going. Distance runners should meet every day at the south doors (and Fridays in my classroom). The high school group will wait some days, and some days it will just be the junior high group. Sprinters/Hurdlers/Jumpers should find Coach Shawna and do a quick warm up and then jump into the workout with the sprint group. Check the following places: The hall upstairs, the indoor track, the small gym, the weight room, the outdoor track. It will work out once you get into the routine. 9th graders can compete in all of the meets, and 8th graders can compete in most of the meets.

What if I am a senior and this is my first year? I love when seniors are brave enough to try something like this in their final year, and quite often they have a lot of success and a lot of fun. Do your best to learn quickly, work hard, and enjoy the experience. I hope it becomes one of your best memories from high school.

What if I have some other conflicts? We will work with your busy schedules. Try to let your event coaches know when and why you are going to miss. Communication will help us coach you better.

What if I don't want to compete?
It is okay if you just work out with us through the indoor season, but we are still going to encourage you to try the track meets. It's a lot more fun that way and it gives you something to work harder for. In outdoor track, if you are on the TEAM, you have to participate in the meets.

What if I am not sure what event to do? That's okay. Try a few different events in practice and pay attention to 2 things: What do I feel successful at and What do I enjoy. Eventually, you will start to gravitate toward your event.

This Week:
Monday-Thursday - Meet in the cafeteria at 2:45
Hurdlers - We are having an introduction hurdle clinic with Coach West on Tuesday and Thursday - It's very important to be there.
Throwers - Meet in the upstairs weight room right after school on A-Days (Tuesday-Thursday) and the cafeteria with the group on B-Days. We WILL be throwing on B-Days!
Distance Runners - We will also meet on Friday in my classroom at 2:45.
*It is extremely important for Hurdlers and Jumpers to meet with the speed group on Mondays and Wednesdays. At this point, the work we do those days is much more important than technique work.

Indoor Track Fee - Please pay $25 in the office. Make the checks out to 'Davis High School' and tell them it is for indoor track.
Lockers - if you need a locker, check with me at the meetings in the cafeteria.

The information I handed out Tuesday is attached to this email. You can expect an email from me each weekend.
Let me know if you have any questions!
See you ALL on Monday.
- Coach Talley