"There’s something different about cross country that sets it apart from other sports.
There are no playbooks or signs to memorize. There are no balls to throw or hit, and there’s no need to maneuver around any approaching defender on a cross country course, unless you happen to take a wrong turn and a tree stands in your way.
On a cross country course, although there is a team element to the sport, the runner is focused on just him or herself and how they can achieve the best possible time. And that is all up to them — no missed call by an official can alter their finish in a race. Much of a cross country runner’s individual performance is driven by just that, the individual.
In a season that begins in the doldrums of summer, moves through the fall as the leaves change colors, and ends just before Thanksgiving with a pre-winter chill in the air, cross country runners need to train in a way that keeps them conditioned through all weather and course conditions. Different teams and their top runners have different training regimens to stay in peak physical shape."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
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"When the sun is shining and the air is warm, as is often the case this time of year, there is a general fluttering and buzzing that occurs among some of the furrows at Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm.
This is where the wildflowers grow - a colorful realm of industrious honey and bumble bees languidly visiting the various blooms collecting nectar for winter, and of butterflies flittering, basking and sipping. It is also a spot visited by people, come to collect stems for themselves, mason jars, buckets, and clippers in hand.
The mostly organic, non-GMO farm at 139 Spring St. has been running a CSA (community supported agriculture) flower share for about 10 years now.
“People can come pick their own flowers,” said owner/grower Laura Tangerini on a recent warm afternoon, running her palms over a thick patch of red globe amaranth while taking a break from her other work to visit the flower furrows."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)