Monday, August 11, 2008

10 Mile fundraiser

Holy running shoes Batman, they all did it!! Wow, talk about determination, but BJ, Nick and Ally all made the 10 mile run. Raquel and I are so proud of them.

The day was perfect for running too. Low 70's, hardly any humidity, little blue puffy clouds, and the rush of adrenaline in the air. This day is not about how fast you can run 10 miles, or even if you can run the entire course. It is about the journey, and proving to yourself that you can run, as a team, in a race.

Many of the first year runners I'm sure were a little scared, and that is okay. The reason the coaches have this run is more about the kids proving to themselves that they CAN run at least 3.1 miles (5k, the length of an official HS meet).

So what goes into preparing for something like this? Intense training six days a week. On Saturday's, they have a fun run through Indian Point down by the Grand River. There, they will run all kinds of hills, do Indian Run's and other team building and character building things. This involves more than running through. During the week, they also have to watch their diet. Carbonated beverages are strictly prohibited, and eating healthy is something they try and do.

Next up, time trials at Perry's official course, the YMCA Outdoor Family Center on August 16th.

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