Casey is back with her blogs about cross country, training, and life. She is also the Guest Editor in our Sept-Oct Issue of Youth Runner Magazine this year.
Gearing up for XC 2014!
Yesterday, our team hosted our annual fundraiser “Laker Run.” It’s a practice 3K or 5K on our home course for the athletes, and our families and friends join us to run, walk, or race. I convinced my bicyclist-dad to run the 3K, and I was proud that he finished! Originally, I planned to run the 3K but last minute, (and reluctantly) I decided to run the 5K. It was a hot day and our course is super hilly. I went out too fast in the beginning, with my mile time being one the fastest I’ve ever ran, and kind of died in the last part of the race. But, I finished much faster than I expected, with my time obliterating all of my apprehension that I would be slow this season. I know each season brings a lot of room for improvement and I am already much faster than I usually am at this point! Racing today reminded me of the unbeatable feeling of finishing a race- and how much I missed that feeling! I forgot how much I missed pushing my physical limits and proving to myself how much I am capable of.
This will be my third season of cross country, and I can’t wait to see what it holds. I can’t wait for team bonding at pasta feeds, cheering at meets, and continuing to improve as a racer. What are you looking forward to this season?