Two runners make their way up a hill on Joshua Road near the Hesperia Golf Course just after 7 a.m. Minutes later, a second pair appears on the horizon, both runners pushing through the pain.


The runners are participating in Hesperia Christian School's summer cross country workouts, led by coach Deanna Hayes.


Hayes, who ran track and cross country when she attended Paramount High School, is having her runners work on core training such as situps and pushups mileage and speed work.


"I like them to get their mileage in during the summer."


But it's the area's hills that make the biggest difference.


The coach has developed several routes. The "Chase Loop" winds up Joshua through Chase and up to Danbury. There's also "the Airport Run," a seven-miler that helps runners build mileage.


"They need to build up that muscle memory by running miles and miles," but she said. "I never want to exhaust them or overwork them otherwise they can get injuries."


In her second year as cross country coach, Hayes also coaches track while her husband Sean Hayes is an assistant basketball coach. Her daughter, Elaina, and son, Jared, run on the cross country team.


Hayes utilizes training manuals and other tools for developing summer workouts, but the Christian school instructor relies on more.


"Every season our team picks a bible verse. In everything we do it's God first.Even if you're not the best that day, God is still in control. In all things we do it's because of God. We can glorify Him through the winnings. But I tell my kids you have to do your part, but we always rely upon God."