Cross country running is a sport in which runners compete to complete a course over open or rough terrain. The courses used at these events may include grass, mud, woodlands, and water. It is a popular participatory sport, and usually takes place in temperate regions during the autumn and winter when soft conditions underfoot prevail.

Basic Cross Country Training
Basic cross country training is broken down into three phases: Phase 1 is base building, Phase 2 is your competition training, and Phase 3 is your championship and peaking session. Building a base is the foundation of any good runner. You must build up your mileage, strength, endurance, and confidence. Mileage is self explanatory. You need miles under your belt to work on the overall cross country season. As you run more miles, this builds strength, endurance, and the confidence you need to ready yourself for hard practices and races.