Emily Weigand

GTD: What did you expect from the program? Was it what you expected?
Emily: Coming into the GTD XC program this summer, I knew of a number of fellow athletes from my area going off to college, along with me, who were doing the program, so I knew that I would be training alongside runners every day who would push me to the best of my ability. I definitely experienced this from the program, and felt lucky to have been able to run with people going through the same transition as me, that I could relate to.


GTD: As a college runner, you may have had a summer program from your college coach. How did you and Coach Braz make this work?
Emily:-My college coach told me that I needed to gradually build my mileage base this summer in preparation for my college program, and that was something Coach Braz definitely worked with me on this summer. Coach Braz created a great outline on an adjustable week to week basis for me, that provided me with a balance of speed and conditioning that simultaneously helped me build my mileage.


GTD: The last phase of each training session this summer was devoted to core work, flexibility, and strength. Tell us about it. What did you like and didn't like. Did feelings about this phase change over the length of the program?
Emily: The last phase of the training session was the hardest physically, but Coach Braz and the rest of the coaching staff prepared us each week for it, by gradually increasing our volume in different areas, so it didn't seem impossible or unreasonable for us to achieve. Strength is an element that I have always found the most difficult, but by the last session, I felt like I had a comfortable foundation going into school with. The program forced me to exit my comfort zone when it came to strength, and I really enjoyed how Coach Braz broke all of the conditioning up into stations, making the exercises of core, strength, and flexibility doable.


GTD: What was the most important thing you learned from the summer program?
Emily: The most important thing that I learned from the program was learning how to collaborate with others of different skill sets to become an all-round better athlete. I pushed myself with fellow athletes with some whose strength was doing weight exercises, as well as stayed with other runners who were used to doing more mileage than I had ever done before. This made training feel more effective, and I finished at the end of the summer feeling completely well-rounded as a runner in all ways that would benefit me.


GTD: Are you running winter and/or spring track?
Emily: I am running both winter and spring track, and am very eager for the indoor season to begin.


GTD: Have you decided on an academic focus (major)?
Emily: I am currently undecided in the school of communications, with a desired minor in creative writing. There are so many opportunities for communication studies that I am very excited about, being in Washington, D.C.

Three of the collegiate women in 2015 xc program: Tia Patterson (BC),
Emily Weigand (American University), Lexi Buonfiglio (Stonehill)


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Marissa Farago, Triton HS, Apr. 2017
Anthony Pizzo, AIC, Dec. 2016
Matt Loehle, UConn, Dec. 2016
Emily DeMarco, Ipswich HS, Apr. 2016
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Jan. 2016
AJ Ernst, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2015
Sydney Packard, Bishop Fenwick HS, Dec. 2015
Griffin Barriss, Melrose HS, Dec. 2015
Tia Patterson, Boston College, Dec. 2015
Thomas Mackin, Lynn Classical HS, Dec. 2015
Riley Dowd, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Emily Weigand, American University, Nov. 2015
Connor Wolff, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Lexi Buonfiglio, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Victoria Holleran, St John, Peabody, Mar. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2014
Riley Dowd, Peabody HS, Dec. 2014
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2014
Tia Patterson, Lynnfield HS, Nov. 2014
Emily Horgan, Univ. of Vermont, Nov. 2014
Arianna Maida, Bishop Fenwick HS, Sep. 2014