There was nice article in the paper about our XC team yesterday (article). Check it out.
With the heavy rain coming in from the tropical storm, I did not think we would be able to get a run in yesterday, especially since we weren’t starting until about 6 pm. I started getting anxious, so we headed to the South Farm early arriving about 5:30. We went ahead and jogged a couple of miles in the area before the others got there. Steve showed up right after we got there and he joined us for several minutes as well. We got back to the car and stretched for a few minutes, then Kamau and Ethan showed up. It was already raining, so we decided to roam around the campus area for the most part. After about a mile, it was pouring!! But, it was only about 70° F and it felt wonderful. This was supposed to be an easy run, as we had the race the day before, but with the cool weather and rain, we all were cruising along faster than we probably should have, averaging about 6:40 per mile or better. We ran the last mile under six minutes. We ended up doing about 6.5 miles, with Joseph and I having done 8.5 miles. Kamau looked really good today. After his less than perfect race on Saturday, that was nice to see! I think he is finally working out some of the issues that were bothering him. Of course, he is not the only one dealing with how to race better. The mental part of running is probably the hardest part. All of the kids have to figure out the mental part of racing, how to deal with nervousness, and how to push themselves when tired. If our top eight boys can learn to relax better when running, we will have a great team this year. We have a great opportunity to win the 5A state title with both the boys and girls teams, and could even have the top 3 runners in each race if our kids keep running like they are!
Planning on running today again at 4 pm, meeting at the South Farm again. Of course, this will only happen if we get a break in the weather, but I am optimistic that we will get to run.