Don't you love it when a plan comes together? I know I do!
I said from the start that I wanted us to run our best times at the end of the season, as any logical coach would want to. It's difficult when you see those early slower times, though. I so badly want these kids to run their best times every time they race, that I forgot to think clearly as a runner. I don't run my best times every single time I race; we all have ups and downs. But it doesn't change the desire to have hard work rewarded every single time. Now that we are running our best, the difference in morale is huge. We're running happy, and that makes a huge difference.
We ran in Class A at the Eagle Grove Dick Bell Invitational. Our team scores don't accurately reflect how well we did personally, and that's okay. I'm trying to get us beyond looking at those rankings and instead reflecting on how much our work is paying off on our individual numbers. We had most of our runners continue to crush their season-best times this week. If they look like death when crossing the finish line, it's because we've spent a lot of time lately talking about leaving everything out there in the last mile, and all of our athletes have risen to the challenge. I continue to be impressed with our dedication and heart going into the end of the season.
NCC is at Fort Dodge on Tuesday. We would love to see you there!