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9th place=1st place……

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I am finally thawed out……

I stood out in the freezing cold rain today to watch my daughter run D10 Cross Country. While I was standing there I made my Facebook status: “Standing in the pouring rain at Cross Country D10…..what is wrong with me??” A couple of friends reminded me  of what is wrong with me…..  “It’s called what we do for the people we LOVE!” and “Nothing wrong, just being a mom.” They are absolutely right….there is no other reason to put oneself through such misery. Thank you for the reminder ladies. 🙂

In grades 9 and 10 Erika was D10 Cross Country Champion….but not in grade 11. This year she finished 9th, a respectable finish, but not a championship.

D10 Champion Grade 9

D10 Champion Grade 10

9th place finish Grade 11

What was different this year? Several things.

This year Erika ran with grade 11 and 12 girls….not just her own age group, this year Erika has done nothing in the way of training…..by this time any other year she would have already been playing hockey and would have been doing dryland training, and cross-country training. Most importantly what is different this year is that Erika did not want to run Cross Country, her school coaches talked her into it.

I believe that if an athlete has made a decision to give up a sport, no amount of convincing from coaches, parents or peers can change that person’s mind to continue that sport. Oh, they may continue out of guilt or a desire to please, but their heart will not be in it. The desire to compete has to come from within, if your heart isn’t in it you will not perform at your best. That has been Erika this year…..she has participated in the races but has not finished well, she hasn’t really cared.

Modelling her beautiful soaking wet pre-race outfit.

The top runners at the start

3 of the 4 Celtics running together.

Edging ahead coming out of the woods.

Coming through the shute....a little wobbly.

Cold, wet and ready to go home....

What good thing do I see that might have come out of today’s race? Erika may have found her desire to run again. Running has always come easy for Erika and she has never really pushed herself to compete, she has just run hard enough to win but has never cared enough to push herself…..until today. Today she had a reason to push, she wasn’t just running for herself, she was running as part of a team. Her school had enough runners to make up a team in the Senior level and the girls finished in 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th place. As a team they finished in first place! So, while Erika didn’t personally finish her race in first place today, she ran her best to help her team mates finish in first place. She is now looking forward to her next run at CWOSSA and if the team can finish in the top 4 they will go on to OFSAA in Ottawa.

The 4 Celtic runners after their big finish.

Congrats to BMCHS senior girls for their top place finish today in the freezing cold and rain, and Congrats to Erika…..I am very proud of you. 🙂

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