Trips to Coach’s House

Aaron McKeever

Running at Coach’s house is not fun and games by any means. One can easily expect it to be hardest workout by far. From the rolling hills, to speed drills, Coach’s acreage has multiple possible workouts built into it. Somedays you can be running long distance, double loops around the edge of his property. Other days it could fast workouts, shorter speed workouts used to quicken our paces, and get the body used to running up hills. These workouts, though intense, are very important in improving our times. Coach Kuhl’s home, in a sense, becomes the Cross Country runners as well. From the sweat and tears shed, to the motivation we give to each other as we reach our boiling points, his home has a certain emotional attachment to us.


Kuhl, who moved to Tennessee a little over decade ago, bought a home which had a parcel of land for sale adjacent to it. Upon purchasing his home, he invested into the property next to it as well. Kuhl, whom had always wanted to be able to see the mountains from his home, got his wish, even though it means the extra commute, as his home is located in Loudon. None-the-less, Coach’s home in the heart of the country, is a wide open field, with rolling hills, and a well manicured lawn. Pulling in, you can see the course in which had cut out.  Kuhn invests multiple hours a week keeping his lawn up to par, so it may be ran.


Although Coach uses the course to train his students, Kuhl, also uses the course in order to better himself, running it in the mornings occasionally. Kuhl has run all his life, and the course gives him the opportunity to keep himself in shape as well as give a challenging training session to better his students.


The course includes a large, open beginning field. It starts with an slight incline, before changing into a long downhill stride. You come straight off the downhill onto a flat section, which runs straight into a wooded area. One can easily get confused inside it, but if you take the correct the right path, you have only just started the workout. From the woods, you can take the course in two different directions: clockwise or counterclockwise. Each one having its own qualities and workout.


Going clockwise, you first encounter a gradual incline for sixty yards which takes you to the “fifty-foot”. The fifty-foot is u-shaped circuit, of rolling hills, and sharp decline then incline. Depending on the workout, you may run this first or last, or once or twice. None-the-less, you move straight from this, and run flat piece of land around a corner at the edge of the property. It is basically a repeating sequence of this: hill incline, flat, hill decline, hill incline, repeat.


Going in the other direction, you can get  a completely different workout. Adding or subtracting certain elements, pushing for certain times, etc. can change how the training affects you and what aspect you are improving. Whether loops on repeat or quick circuits, some of these practices prove more difficult than others, as well as improve you in a different areas.


Trip’s to Coach’s house are laborious, but well worth it. The aching bones and tired limbs are more than well worth the development.