Facebook Activity



Teen Ink on Twitter

Home > Forums > Teen Ink Forums > Sports and Hobbies > Cross Country vs. Football

Teen Ink Forums

Lively discussions with other teens
   
Next thread » « Previous thread

Cross Country vs. Football

Love_Baby posted this thread...
Dec. 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm

This is a never ending argument in school during the fall. The football players say cross country isn't a real sport, or that it's easy. the cross country runners say we have top work just as hard as they do...

I am a cross country runner myself & i do think football is hard but our sport is FAR from easy.



I want to hear everyone elses opinions on which is harder....

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Brndi_Marie replied...
Dec. 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm

i think they both have there challenging sides...

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Love_Baby replied...
Dec. 17, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Thats what I say to. Along with some of my teamates and even some of the football players have admitted that. But some are just to stubborn to understand the endurance needed for both sports.

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Brndi_Marie replied...
Dec. 18, 2009 at 8:38 am

yea but football guys think they are tougher than anyone and have to work alot harder which isnt true i was in football and cross country in middle school and niether is harder than the other both require alot of endurance and hard work... and im a girl and went out for football so the guys telling you that football is harder are just wineycats... lol

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Love_Baby replied...
Dec. 19, 2009 at 8:24 am

Wow... thats... thats amazing. I have trouple keeping up with Cross counrty and marching band at the same time in the fall. Winter is band. drama club, science olympiad and bowling. Spring is track and band. So i stay busy but I could never imagine doing two sports in one season.

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
jesskillsyou replied...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 11:51 pm

cross country requires a lot of running.

football requires a lot of running in addition to other physical exertion, strategical game plans in your head, and aversion.

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
CP3bigplay replied...
Jan. 1, 2010 at 3:15 am

I've played football till 8th grade. we had to workout, we practiced tues-thurs, sat. games on Sunday. It's tough. all those hours of practice [5-30 to 8] for a game thats just 32 minutes longs... i didn't like it.



I want to give up football and do x-country in hs instead. i still don't totally know what it is. My friend tells me there is a course set up, and they vary in length and terrain.



In the end i'd say they're about even. there are a lot of small things in football that, if not carried out properly, can lead to a big play for the other team. i'm not sure if that's what it's like for x-country or not. i think i have to give an edge to football as far as toughness

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Love_Baby replied...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I will agree football takes a large amount of strenth, enduranve and mantality. But I think it's equal with cross country.



Races are a 3.1 miles in HS with varying terrain. I've ran in everything from mud so thick it was takine people shoes off to so dry when I finished my throat & mouth were coated in dust.



There are hills, rocks, grass, dirt, sand, moss, mud, water(puddles), holes, wood, wet leaves and even frost.



We run a minimum of 3 miles avery practice, a maximum of about 8-10. We do sprints some days, others long distance. But we run for hours, and countless miles. for a 3.1 mile race that takes arond 26 minutes for most of the girls on my team. The boys run around 18 minutes.



Out mentality comes in on every race, we know were in good enough shape to finish easily. We have to keep focused on the competition at all times, we cant get bored and lali-gag, we can pshych ourself out, we have to srategize on where to speed up & slow it down, how many people we need to pass from which teams to get points, what are time is at each mile so we can get a new pr(personal record), and countless other things. We cant take our head out of the race for a single second.



I think the sports are equal.

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
XCLover replied...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I think XC wins. Mostly because of the mentality.

Just pure running takes a lot more than a game. Also, there are no subs, time outs, or refs.

We get no break between quarters, or for water.

Running digs so deeply into human nature, racing the clock, the elements, and yourself, that a lot of people are surprised by how difficult it really is.

And most of the guys on our team are stronger than the guys who play football at our school.

BTW, LoveBaby, our guys run between 16 and 18 minutes for 3.1 miles and our top girl is aiming to break 20 minutes next fall.

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Sarbear replied...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Cross country is a lot more work than people realize. Football is just people smashing into each other and throwing around a ball. I'm a cc runner, too.

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Sarbear replied...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

And if you get tired or weak, the coach can't pull us out and make someone else finish strong for us. It's not like football at all and they are not equal. THe whole time your body tells you to stop but you have to have the mentality not to. My pr for 2 miles is 13:35

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
kittycat replied...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm

at my school half the kids dont know it exists, foot ball is everything even out of season. the foot ball coach threatens the boys w/ cross if they dont try hard enuogh i cant wait for the next season to start

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Randomm1995 replied...
Mar. 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm

It depends on the person and their ability for physical activity. Personally, I'd say that cross country is harder, because I suck at running long distance. Football, on the other hand, sounds mucho easier for me since the plays aren't that long. There's breaks in between when you're running and when you're starting the next play. Do you catch my drift?

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Hippie_Runner replied...
Mar. 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

xc is some harder then football. in the summer, i had my first year of xc. there was conditioning and then practice for two weeks before school. those first days of conditioning in the morning KILLED me. we just did two miles. it hurt my sides. it blurred my vision. on one of those two weeks, we did circuits, one of the most terriflying workouts EVER. we do everything from jumping jacks to crunches to running around a football field. i had never ran before in my life that much. for that first meet for xc i had a time of 17: 21. my last race was a pr of 16:15. i improved SO much even because i worked SO hard. during practice, the football guys practiced. most of them they were wimps. they complained and they hurt so much. football is not an indiviual sport and thats what makes xc better. you can improve. in football not really.

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Sarbear replied...
Mar. 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm

very true. i absolutely agree.

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Mar. 25, 2010 at 9:24 am

hey football kills cross country any day of the year cross country is the most boringsport ever!

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Sarbear replied...
Mar. 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

you should try cc sometime youll see how hard it is... at track yesterday a football player tried to run with me and some other cc girls and he ended up walking and holding his side

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Love_Baby replied...
Mar. 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Cross requires a lot of stamina. & yes the first couple weeks are horrible. in 9th grade my pr for 3.1 was 29:04. For 10th gread it was 27:16. I was so happy when i dropped almost 3 minutes.

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
Sarbear replied...
Apr. 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

i agree with you, lovebaby. i think the best part of cc is improving upon your p.r. and realizing that you really can go that last mile, and that youre stronger than you know

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread
paige_mari replied...
Apr. 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm

cross country is rlly hard at my school we have to do 5 or 6 mile warm ups thru town thnn sumtimes well go an run bout5 more miles or sprint a couple miles its insane ppl jus sometimes dont realize

Reply to this Thread Post a new Thread

Launch Teen Ink Chat
Site Feedback