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Lessons from Cross Country


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…

Kent League 2- Tonbridge

Exhibiting my great reflexes there at the start of my first race.


…and of the importance of not falling asleep at the starting line.

London Youth Games


But by the end of the season, I was a pro at starting;)

English Schools XC 4


Cross country taught me to “man up” and run in all weathers.

Inter Counties


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.

Nationals 1

Now THAT is a look of pure pain! Smile with tongue out Good times.


I learned not just how to run, but how to RACE…

Nationals 2


…how to speed up even when all you want to do is slow down…

English Schools XC 7


…how to keep pushing on…

English Schools XC 5


…and how to fight for every second.

English Schools XC 8


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.

Kent Champs 1

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:

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Hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend! <3

11 Responses to Lessons from Cross Country

  1. Wooooooooooooooo yay xc! I think it’s personally my favorite season. I’m so glad you were able to have a great season though & it’s awesome that you learned so much about both running and yourself. Have a LOVELY week :)
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  2. You had an amazing season girl! You should be so proud of yourself! I loved reading about all your races and achievements! Truly inspiring! And I cannot wait for your next recap!
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  3. I love Buddy! It’s so fun to look at pictures of one’s dog as a puppy.

  4. Great photos! I’ve seen most of them before of course, but I love the newer ones of your nationals race :)
    And it’s ok to be narcissistic! It’s your blog ;)
    I so wish I knew about XC when I was in high school. My university doesn’t even have a running club… and neither do ANY of the ones in my state. I feel jipped!!
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  5. Emma,you can be so proud of yourself! It sounds like you’ve had a very successful season; wonderful that you were able to learn so much about yourself,too! :)
    I can’t wait for the recap of yesterday’s track race though,but for now,I’ll leave with an “AAAAAAW!” for your doggy. :P
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  6. Such a great post girl. I love XC and it certainly taught me a lot as well! :) You did so well this year and I’m so happy for you!
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  7. I think your amazing for doing those kind of races, well done!

  8. I can’t believe you’re such a new runner, yet so experienced already! :) I’ve been running my whole life but every run learn something new.

    Those are all great lessons. Cross country is fun and definitely a change from either track or road running. Best of luck for your upcoming season!
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  9. i wish i did cross country in high school! i did it for one day freshman year but basketball was so intense that i only decided to focus on that.

    i really need to learn to suck it up and just run no matter what the weather may be! i’m transferring to a school next year and one might have rain while the other may have snow
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  10. Loved this! It awesome how much we can learn from just one sport.
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  11. i’ve loved reading all of your XC recaps – can’t wait for your track recaps!
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