I see so many teams out running lately and saw even more up training while I was in Big Bear last week. It all reminds me a lot of when I ran cross country in high school! I remember getting up and doing double days and not showering and camping while in Mammoth for training camp. Disgusting. I literally hated those weeks. Looking back, besides being filthy, it was some of the best running trails I’ve ever ran.
I remember running every day after school, doing insane workouts that now I can’t even imagine running. I remember how fun it was being a part of a team and how I enjoyed everyone’s company. I still have the shoebox that holds all my medals tucked away in my closet. I remember how excited I’d be race day when the gun went off and how we all had matching bows in our hair. My senior year we even all got racing flats with our school colors. They were awesome.
Then I am also reminded what a LOSER I WAS! HA! I had such bad acne and I ran all the time. Most people made fun of the cross country team and we tried to rationalize our running with sayings like, ‘Our sport is your sports punishment,’ which looking back, didn’t help anything. But man, it was a great time. I was a dork with asthma. But then again, I ran my fastest time in high school in the 5k at 19:57. Knowning now how in shape I was then, I wish I would have recognized it!
Alas, I leave you with a picture from my cross country days.
Can you find me?
I’m 5 in from the right hand side. Gheesh! I wouldn’t ever want to go back to those days!