Thursday, June 7, 2018


How does someone become "GREAT" at running?

Greatness starts with a special skill.  This skill is not what you'd think it would be when you think about greatness.  A lot of people think that to be GREAT you must be a physically talented athlete.  To be great you must be highly intelligent.  To be great you have to be born with these physical and mental talents.  Well, in the running world this is not true.  To be "GREAT" in the running world the skill that you need is GRIT and DETERMINATION.

In the running world you do not get "GREAT" overnight.  It takes years and years of non-stop training, dedication, grit and determination to reach lofty goals.  I have seen middle school runners who were very average become all-regional, all-conference, and even all-state using grit and determination.

If I took 1000 non-athlete students of a randomly selected group of 16 year olds out to the track right now there would be some students who were very fast sprinters.  These students did not train to be fast sprinters, they just ARE fast sprinters.  Now, if I had the same group of 1000 non-athlete students out to run 3 miles, none would fare well.  Why?  It requires hours and hours and weeks and weeks and months and months and years to becomes  a "good" distance runner.

If you have grit and determination and desire and dedication (and little athletic skill) you can still become great at it.  You can beat the people who are lazy and do not want to work hard.  There are no shortcuts to becoming a runner.

We had our first Aspen run yesterday June 6th.  These people in the picture are the people who have devoted themselves to becoming "great"!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Gaylord XC Summer Running!!


WEDNESDAYS 6PM STARTING June 6th, then 13th, 20th, 27th, July 11th, July 18th, July 25, August 1st.  That's 8, yes eight, total dates for summer runs.  You must attend 4 of these if you wish to attend team camp.  Also you must complete 120 miles of running total from June 1-August 19th.  Or 1.5 miles per day.  If 1.5 miles per day is too much of a commitment then XC is not for you.

NEW RUNNERS - incoming freshmen or GHS people new to the team.  You must run 80 miles in 80 days (June 1-Aug 19) or 1 mile per day to be eligible for team camp.  In addition you must come to 4 summer Wed runs.

You do not need to do either of these to be "on the team."  To be on the team, just come to practice starting August 8th, 9am, at GMS.  You will need a physical before you attend practice. 

Obviously you've read this so you know about our website, but be sure to check out 
Remind – I use this text messaging service to send out information regularly  send the message @mrkalembe to the number 81010 and you are automatically signed up.


Monday Aug 20 - Leave GHS 9am, Cut River Bridge, Grand Marais, Dunes Run, Munising, camp set up and a challenge or two.

Tuesday Aug 21 - up and at 'em, the WORLDS BEST 10 MILE RUN (OR 5.5 MILES IF YOU'RE NOT READY).  Senior Rock!  Blueberries, and rivers and lakes.  Afternoon swim at SAND POINT and a WATERFALL EXPLORATION TRIP THAT IS NEW.

Wed. Aug 22 - the 4th partially semi-biannual GHSXC 5k.  T-shirts for varsity, T-shirts for JV, prizes to those with PERFECT SPLITS (10 second leeway).  Afterward a long cool down and a lunch.  Challenges, more food then SWIMMING AT MINERS BEACH.  Special EVENING SURPRISE!!!!!

Thursday Aug 23 - Mackinac Island

Friday, May 25, 2018


I am still taking applicants for the positions of team captain.

Forms are in my room at GHS.  Simply pick up a form, fill it out, return to me by Wed May 30.  Your fellow athletes will vote at our team meeting next week Thursday May 31 in my room right after school.  At this meeting we will discuss summer training, goals, team activities and team camp.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

GHSXC 2018

Welcome to GHSXC 2018

1.  We will have applications for TEAM CAPTAIN available in May.  We will then vote for team captains at our summer meeting in the first week of June 2018.

2.  Summer runs will be at Aspen Park on Wednesdays as usual for summer 2018 but WE WILL PARK AT THE GAYLORD MIDDLE SCHOOL.  Park in the back of the school in the lot.  We just have too many cars at the regular Aspen Parking lot near the tennis courts.  It is a short 300m jog over the trails at Aspen from here.  In fact, there is a trail through the woods by the old "ropes course" that we will use.

3.  Official practice starts AUGUST 8th.  Clear your work schedule and make sure you are ready to practice at 9am at Aspen Park (park at Middle School) on Aug 8,9,10 and Aug 13,14,15,16,17.  All at 9am and every day at GMS.  YOU MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL TO ATTEND PRACTICE.  THERE IS A FREE (or at least super cheap)  PHYSICAL EVERY SPRING OFFERED BY GHS/OMH SO TRY TO ATTEND IT.

4.  Team Camp dates are Aug 20-23  Monday through Thursday with our normal schedule of events.  Team camp is the best part of our season, please plan on attending.

5.  I have had a request that we go back to the Portage Invite for a weekend trip and I am trying to get us into the MSU invite for 2018.

6.  Do not miss practice in August.  Official practice starts August 8th.  If you are planning on running it is crucially important you are at every practice, every day.  If you are a new runner to the high school team you can start any day.  If you are a returning runner to the team you are expected to be there on Aug 8th and every day thereafter.  Example.  Andrew Quaal ran XC last year.  He skips the first week of practice and has to work the second week of practice.  This is not acceptable.  If he misses more than 5 days of practice he'll be asked to leave the team.  Suzy Q Runner ran middle school for GMS and is undecided if she wants to join high school XC.  She is on vacation with her family all August and misses team camp but comes to the first practice on the first day of school.  Is this ok?  absolutely yes. New runners can join the team anytime.  Returning runners must be at practice daily.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


for 2018 I am looking at getting the team some NICE Sporthill running pants.  These pants are comfortable (not tights, more loosely fitting) warm and super functional.

I have 2 pair of XSMALL
2 pair of SMALL
and 2 pair MEDIUM.

I'd some people to stop by and pick up a pair and run in them for a week or two then bring them back clean and give me some feedback - in other words do you like them?  do you think the team will like them, sizing seem appropriate?  etc.

stop by my classroom Thursday/Friday and check out a pair!!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Hey all - remember the XC banquet is Thursday Nov 9th at GHS in the commons area, 6pm.  We will have subway subs for dinner - I have subs for 150 people so bring your appetite and your family!!

In addition we will have cake for dessert.  Eat Cake!! 

I have plenty of plates and forks and cups.

If you would like to bring some drinks that'd be great - maybe a gallon of milk, a gallon of chocolate milk, a 2L of pepsi or your favorite drink.  Not mandatory, but we will not provide drinks.

I will not argue if some mom/dad wants to make their favorite dessert to put out alongside the cake.

About 640pm we'll move to the auditorium for the awards and slideshow!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


for 2018 we will have an "application" for you to fill out if you are interested in becoming a team captain.  These applications will be available sometime this spring and I will let everyone know via a remind text how they can get an app.