Lessons from Cross Country
|April 1, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Cross Country, Race Recap, Races|
HEY friends! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend! I had my first ever track race today(!), but since the results and stuff aren’t yet up for that, I thought it would be a good time to look back at my cross country season instead!
This year has been my first cross country season, and it has been one hell of an experience! It has not only taught me a lot about running and racing, but, cheesy as it sounds, it has taught me so much about myself. And being part of a team with such amazing athletes who are also such wonderful people has been the best! Be prepared for an onslaught of race photos…
It taught me the importance of getting a good start in a race…
Exhibiting my great reflexes there at the start of my first race.
…and of the importance of not falling asleep at the starting line.
But by the end of the season, I was a pro at starting;)
Cross country taught me to “man up” and run in all weathers.
Racing and training in the snow
It also taught me some very painful lessons in determination and perseverance. Like trying to make it to the finish line at Nationals after spraining a calf muscle.
Now THAT is a look of pure pain! Good times.
I learned not just how to run, but how to RACE…
…how to speed up even when all you want to do is slow down…
…how to keep pushing on…
…and how to fight for every second.
And those epic sprint finishes, where you manage to muster strength you didn’t know you had left to beat that girl who pushed you into a tree and gave you a concussion. Yep, that happened.
p.s. I also happened to forget my normal shorts that race. That was a good day;)
But most importantly, I loved every painful, wonderful minute of it.
Ok, now this post officially has too many photos of me in it, and I feel like the most narcissistic person on earth, so I’ll throw in this random photo of Buddy as a puppy for you to ‘aww’ at:
Hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend! <3