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Matt Butler

Bettendorf senior runner Matt Butler placed 14th at the state cross country meet last year, but he's eyeing a state championship this year. (Larry Fisher/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Editor's note: Matt Butler is a senior cross country runner at Bettendorf. A state championship hopeful, he's blogging throughout the season.

As most people would say the season is winding down, I would disagree. It's officially the "postseason" or "playoffs" of cross country season in my mind. The next three weeks will crown a Mississippi Athletic Conference, district, and state champion, so the racing actually counts for something now.

The season is obviously very long and the biggest focus is to hit your top fitness and peak at the right time. In past years, I've felt as if I hit my maximum fitness a bit too early. However, this year has been much different. Each race has been a small step, physically and mentally, all building up to reach my full potential for the three big races.

Aside from racing, training itself has been going very well. My mileage has been steady and I've had some very good workouts in the past few weeks. I've also made it a priority to make my way out to Scott County Park, the location of the MAC meet, to familiarize myself with the course. Breaking the wear and tear and monotony of pavement running, it's also been very beneficial to train on the trails.

Finals are this week, so I better get back to studying. Expect a post-MAC/pre-district blog sometime next week.

 

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