It has been really, really busy lately. Between work which is very busy, cross country coaching, training for fall marathons, and all the home life activities, I haven't had much free time. Sorry for no updates for awhile so here is a quick one.
As I mentioned before, I coach Cross Country for my daughters school. This year, I have 2 daughters on the team, next year will be all 3. Megan joined as a last second decision and while not a very fast runner, did have a lot of fun this year on the team. There are not too many girls on the team so Megan was actually our 4th fastest runner (right here with Molly) and that is important as in grade school, they score 4 deep. We trained all year for the big 'conference' meet which was last Wednesday. Both Melissa and Megan were running in the JV race which is for kids grades 5 and under (Melissa is in 5th, Megan in 3rd).
Melissa has been running outstanding this year so far and had the help of a teammate who could run with her and push each other. They traded off being the top runner on the team over the first 4 meets. At the conference race, her teammate was the victor, not only of the 2, but of the entire JV race. Melissa had a cramp just before the 1 mile mark of the 1 1/2 mile race and eventually was passed by 1 other runner but held on the 3rd place out of 114 total runners. Melissa finished in a time of 10:45. Megan gave it her all and finished in the last spot in the top half of the race, 57th place in a time of 13:28 (just under 9:00 pace). The team ended up taking 2nd place out of 20 teams beating 3rd by only 2 points. I was so proud of both of them and the entire team.
Keep on Running!!!