cross country 💘
I can't believe my first XC season is already over. I've loved every second (even the running) with these girls. Though the sweat, pain, and dirt, my team has made all of it great. I'm so proud to call these girls my team and they have taught me what it means to be a runner and most of all what makes XC so special:) they put the X-C in no eXCuses. They keep me going and motivated through every tough workout, race, and even beyond the runs. Thankful for the laughter, smiles, and our craziness despite the some of the practices & hard courses we run through. So blessed. Going to be forever grateful for them and this past season, as they are the people & the time that I fell in love with running. Cross country taught me a lot of things, a lot about running, but a lot about other stuff. (Cross country but mainly my Coach).
There were a lot of things I learned from tough practices and the days & mornings I didn't want to run (especially the rainy ones). I hear the quote a lot "If you don't run in the rain, you don't run". (This was not a fun thing to learn). As my favorite janitor in the building told us "there is a reason not everybody runs XC. when it's raining, where do you see the football players? all in the gym. y'all are tough" preach. (I mean our sport is your sport's punishment... what can I say;)
It's moments like that, that made me love XC. It's tough. It's not easy. But we love it. It's hard but rewarding. It's sweaty, gross, but we do it together. You have the people around you to push you forward, and make you keep going when you don't want to and it hurts. But you also learn doing anything less than your best isn't good enough.
People may think running has a lot more to do with your physical body, but I promise if you set your mind to it you can accomplish almost anything. Running is one of the most mental sports out there. Starting can be the hardest part, but running is so rewarding. This past season for me has been one of the most rewarding journeys I've been on- through what I've seen from myself do that I would have never thought that I could have done (and I couldn't have done it without my girls).
If this was truly everything I learned and loved about XC, then I would have 5 million inside jokes to type out, and a thank you letter to every girl on my team for being amazing. I would thank them for 20 million memories from pasta parties, sleepovers, deathly practices, 8 mile Monday, meets, and best of all, the food after meets. I would have a whole lot more wisdom from coach, but those are something I want to keep for me just now.
Never going to forget this season: how I fell in love with running and how I met some my best friends (and teammates) I'll have:)
I'm hoping if I ever lose the love to run, I can read this over, and I'll remember. Can't wait for next year ladies!! :)