Every season has its ups and downs and this season was extra challenging. I knew I would be out for a while when I had the baby, but the issues started back in the Summer. High schoolers are tricky, which is one of the reasons why I love working with them so much and one of the reasons they are so hard to work with. Some days I cannot stop laughing at them/with them and enjoy their big personalities and other days the two and a half hours hours I spend with them seems like it takes days to get through a workout and they literally are on my last nerve. Motivation and consistency is so important when running and conveying that this is what makes a good runner is something I struggle with.
There’s only so many ways to say the same thing over and over again and not feeling like a broken record. There’s a fine line with coaching where you don’t want to keep repeating the same thing because it starts to fall on deaf ears. I’ve been working on being more consistent with all of our athletes and trying to show them how to improve and tell them stories that they may relate to instead of just yelling them over and over.
We thought the boys team was going to be really strong this year and the girls team would have a rebuilding year, but it actually ended up being flipped. The girls came together and had a great year, while the boys continued to struggle because of some poor choices that hurt their training. It’s hard to decide what to do for discipline when you’re trying to prove a point but at the same time they need to continue to train.
At the end of the season, it’s always nice to look back and see so many kids with new personal bests and motivation moving into track season. The best part of coaching is seeing my athletes understand why we push them, appreciate our efforts and improve. I love the coaches I work with and am excited to continue to build the program to new levels. I need to keep looking at the future and all the work we’ve put in to come to where we are today! Coaching is so much work and tireless but it makes me love running so much. I love the diversity and challenges.