Riley Dowd

[Running in college - it starts in the summer.
It's not only for college runners. If you're a competitive high school or middle school runner, you probably were in a focused conditioning program all summer.

Is it all hard work? No. Riley Dowd (thumbs up on right) and some his GTD summer training partners demonstrate their post-workout recovery discipline.

Riley is a senior at Stonehill College. He is a captain of the cross-country team]

GTD: While you've been in college, how many summers have you used the GTD xc program for summer conditioning?
Riley: I have used the GTD program every summer I have been in college.

GTD: You could run on your own during the summer or with friends What's the advantage of the GTD program for a college runner?
Riley: As a college runner, summer training is so important for success in the fall. While anyone could do it on their own, it isn't the same quality of training as being with a group of guys doing the same thing.

Camp puts you on a more regular schedule, gives you company on runs, and gets you doing the drills and other extra stuff on top running that every runner needs, but often struggles to complete on their own.

I know if I was on my own all summer, I would get lazy with drills, my miles would end up being sloppy, and I would run at different times every day. Having camp provides me with just the right amount of structure and company to bring my training to a whole different level of quality.

GTD: Tell us how about a typical morning at Braz XC Camp for a college runner.
Riley: College runners show up a little earlier than the rest of the camp in order to get our volume in.

After the run, we sync up with the rest of the XC camp and we typically do hurdle drills, band work, medicine ball work, and finally core. After core, a lot of runners stick around and stretch.

[Riley often arrived early in a couple miles before the others. When you have 12 on your schedule, you run 12, not 10. Anthony Pizzo joins him on this one.]

GTD: How do you connect your college workout guideline with the GTD?
Riley: Coach Braz is really great at connecting the summer program my college coach gives me with camp.

When I received my program, I gave a copy of it to Coach Braz and every week, he sends me an outline for the week. Being in the college group, we go out and run on our own and every runner knows what they need for the week. Typically, workouts are similar and Coach Braz will adjust them so people can do them together.

GTD: How many colleges are represented in this summer's program?
Riley: I'm not exactly sure how many colleges are represented, but I know there are runners from Umass Lowell, Umass Dartmouth, Franklin Pierce, Merrimack, Worcester State, Boston College, URI, and obviously, Stonehill.

GTD: The college runners know how to use the core segment of the morning. As the core work ends, the runners sit, and stretch, and continue their recovery from the morning's workout. Almost all runners know this post-workout and post-race magical moment. Tell us about it
Riley: After all the work is done, it's nice to just unwind and stretch with everyone. We somehow still manage to find things to talk about even after running so many miles together.

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