Red (ahem, Maroon) and Gold are the new school colors, and I couldn't be prouder of the new athlete in our family.
Kelsey began running cross country in August, and tomorrow is her final meet of the season. She didn't run all summer, and yet, she started with a 10:14 mile base (a time for which I had to train for months!), and she cut that down to 9:42/mile for 2.5 miles in her last couple of races, which is excellent! What's even more mind-boggling is that sub-10 minute pace is with her having walked some of the courses!
Last week, she was proud of herself (and I was too) because she ran the entire course.
We don't have her time yet, but what an accomplishment! She told me after school today that she ran Friday's race in 22:07, exactly 2 minutes less than her previous personal best! We were so proud together. We celebrated. 8:53 pace, maintained over distance - WOW!
It's been busy, but well worth it. I wanted her to have a sense of belonging at a new school, a crew of kids with whom she could fit and we have found it. The encouragement of the kids on the teams for EVERY teammate is really special and I know we made the right choice to put her in this sport.