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Ten Tips for Cross Country Running

By The Real Buzz, 07/05/18, 12:00PM CDT

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In order to best prepare yourself both physically and mentally for the possibility of a fast start, it’s a good idea to try and replicate it in training. 

Spike selection

Grip is pretty crucial when it comes to racing on softer surfaces, and therefore choice of footwear is key. If you’re serious about cross country running, then it’s a good idea to invest in a pair of specialist cross country spikes. These tend to be a little more robust than track spikes and generally have better grip and traction.

The length of the metal spikes you need depends on the condition of the course. It’s always prudent to have a selection of spike lengths (9 millimeter, 12 millimeter, 15 millimeter) on hand, and then you can decide which are most suitable once you’ve seen the terrain.