Because I don’t talk about myself or my family NEARLY enough on this blog, allow me to shamelessly link you to Rhonda Berlin’s Kids Running Wild blog where she featured each of my little runners this week: Kelly and Lauren.
The girls’ school started an XC team for the 3rd & 4th grade this year thanks to the efforts of one dedicated XC mom — Tamara Smith — who worked her butt off to make it happen.
Coach Smith at the XC wrap-up party on Saturday
Tamara’s son, Brock, is a natural runner who ran for the St. Boniface XC team, but when they decided to switch from St. Boniface to Wattsburg this year, Tamara realized there was no XC team, so she tirelessly jumped through hoops and broke through red tape to start one.
Practices started in the late summer before school started and 23 kids showed up. There were kids of all abilities — naturals like Brock, a sub-7-minute-miler, and not-so-naturals who tried really hard — like both of my girls. (OK, Lauren COULD be a natural, but she’s far too social to really care about speed…she’s got people to talk to, butterflies to chase…)
Twice a week, the kids ran with Tamara and a few volunteer parents, including Dan, after school.
They had meets on Saturdays in September and October. There were a total of 4 or 5 meets around Erie county.
The meets were very cool because all the parents cheered for all the kids. And, the fastest kids came back and cheered for their slower teammates. It was competitive, sure, but not nearly on the level that team sports are.
Kelly didn’t love the meets. She’s a typical first-born. She wants to win.
I told her that every person who goes the distance wins. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to run the course— it matters only that you finish it.