So 2 of our incoming freshmen rocked their age groups at the Adenhart 5k. Both finishing 2nd. The year looks bright. Make sure you are out running!
The number of freshmen we had show up. Fifteen super excited young men and ladies ready to train this summer and make their presence known next fall.
So this week had us racing in the comfort of home to the discomfort of Herford. We made over $150 working the bake sale at Ragnar. We got to see a man at Ragnar dressed as a large pink bear and the boys were told to "take a hike". This week, everyone is excited as we prepare to race at the pancake course at Boonsboro! Yoga again this week.....
IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER....
11. Courtney displaying mental toughness, when her body isn't happy with her.
10. Standing near the start of the girls race, taking in the cheers, colors, and excitement that happen at the start of all races.
9. The "boy scouts" taking down the tent.
8. Morgan's 1:58 improvement over last year, especially considering she sounded rough during the warm up. I credit the mint gum.
7. Joelle taking that "quick 5" steps in the last 1/4 mile and going like crazy to the finish.
6. Chrisitan's 20:52 finish. (and 1:11 better over last year)
5. Timmy's 2:35 improvement over 2011.
4 Carly's 1:22 faster time over last year.
3. Fuzzy Feet
2. Wes army crawling to retrieve the lost girls youth league soccer ball.
1. The time the team hung out, eating, sharing snacks, and chatting after the meet before we went to the bus.
WOW! We have hit a lot of crazy hilly courses in the last 5 days! When Boonsboro's super flat course comes at the end of the month, your muscles will be singing with joy! (And your times will reflect the effort you have put in on those hills!)
For many of you, just competing and completing today was a struggle. These are the times that make you stronger, and the mental toughness built today will always be with you.
On the girls side... three meets...three number one girls. Today was Morgan....using those arms like crazy up the hills. Awesome!
Today, Wes showed his strength on the hills, and took our team top spot.
We head to Big Spring this weekend....I can't wait!!!
What a day!
Goals were set high. And you went for it. Some are you are already to jump into next week and forget yesterday. Others are flying high off the excitement.
On the girls side...you worked with and for each other. The top three, Joelle, Morgan, and Carly, went out through the first mile very close, and came across the finish very close. I think they've found their training partners! Joelle and Hailey finished their first meet, and will never again be rookies!
On the boys side, Timmy met his goal, and finished as our top guy! Greg and Wes finished their first XC meet, and now are ready to tackle the next meet on our schedule.
Disappointment can fuel tomorrow's achievements. Success breeds success. So whichever is fueling your or firing you up, we get the chance to use it next Saturday!
I've realized it's hard for me to sleep the night before the Interstate Classic. It's because it's exciting. I want to go to bed and rest up for what lies ahead. But, I want the morning to be here so that I can start watching the CS complex go from completely empty, the sun still making the sky pink, and just the noise of the trees and birds...and quickly the platurns into thousands of people, usually heat (except the few rainy years), and the facility covered with people, tents, and tarps.
It's also the starting line of the new season, and so much excitement and hope lie ahead for this years Blazer squad. A girls TEAM who already functions as one unit, and a boys team that I'll probably have to make up new vocablulary words to describe. Tonight they taught me how to carry one another like a "french lady", so I'm already learning new words.
I know that many of the teams in attendance are starting their season, and this year, we have many coaches who are beginning a new chapter in their lives as they are coaching their first meet. I wish everyone good luck tomorrow, and I can't wait to watch the complex fill up...now, maybe some "sleepytime" tea will help me get that rest I'll need.
The beginning is never the clear, precise end of a thread, the beginning is a long, painfully slow process that requires time and patience in order to find out in which direction it is heading, a process that feels its way along the path ahead like a blind man the beginning is just the beginning, what came before is nigh on worthless.
JOSÉ SARAMAGO, The Cave
We are at the start....it's so great to see so many new faces, and to see so many ready to tackle this season. You rocked that first practice....the boys running as ONE to the dam and back! Some crazy freshman girls showed us how tough they are. What a great day!
Wes! Incoming freshman Wes V finished 28th overall! A time of 22:11. He's training, so watch out for him upperclassmen!
So, really our season begins today, although officially we wait 10 weeks. Get out and run. Find a friend to run with, or a dog, or a parent. JUST GET IT DONE!