Run like the wind…or at least ride a bike
For those that know me you probably weren’t and were at the same time were shocked that I became the interim middle school cross-country coach recently. Because of the previous coach leaving mid-season I volunteered to see the year out for those kids involved. You are not shocked because I love cross-country and encouraging young people to succeed. You probably were on the perplexed side because you couldn’t imagine me actually running. Both feelings are excepted.
I got to coach 26 students for 4 of their 6 races and I had a blast. I am always encouraged to see young women and men striving for their best and when we take off the limitations they continue to grow. With some guidance, coaching and some tough practices many of these students took several minutes off their times. I didn’t run with them much, because my knees don’t care for that much, but did ride my bike along side for many of the practices.
At our awards gathering many of them and their parents spoke to me about how much fun they had with me. I guaranteed them that I had much more fun and that wasn’t because I didn’t run much. They were such a delight. Their parents and our community can be really proud these students. Here are two team pictures and one of my son Elliot.