The end of the sports seasons are near for us…We’ve been full-on since school started. I am the head coach for the boys soccer team at the local middle school. Isaac is in the high school band which plays at festivals around the area and at every football game, home or away. Abigail is running cross-country at the middle school. Needless to say, we have been running (he he, get it?) and are sort of ready for things to start to winding-up.
In fact, Abigail ran her final cross-country meet, the county championship race yesterday! Both the boys and girls teams at her middle school won 1st place! Abigail was not a medalist in the race, but completed a personal record on the course which was super exciting! I am super proud of her because she has never especially been a runner. It’s not that she wasn’t a runner…She has just not been a kid that needs to run.
In the weeks leading up to the season, she started to run a little according (sort of) to the schedule that her coach sent out to prepare the athletes. Mostly that didn’t work at all. She didn’t get that getting in shape was going to be hard and maybe even be a little uncomfortable. I ran with her a few times and sort of showed her that it’s ok to push and sweat and even be a little sore. I am no running coach but she sort of “clicked” once she got what it meant to really run and compete and be an athlete.
So, Abigail is a new runner and a lot less experienced than the older girls with whom she ran. We have decided, though, that she is a runner and that she and I are going to run together through out the year so that when next year’s season comes around, she will already be in a good spot and will be ready to roll!
I am super proud of all of the kids on her team and she has great coaches that are encouraging and genuinely nice and excited for the kids. So, while I am glad for the running season to be coming to an end, in a way I am sort of bummed too as it brings to an end the excitement of it all. I suppose Abigail and her middle-aged Dad can always continue to compete…it’s been nice knowing you my friends!