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2013 - Women's Great American Results

October 5, 2013
Great American Cross Country Festival
Wake Med Complex
90 and hot

 Girls’ JV I (12:00)
 Clark 29 21:50 Solid
 Fraker 68 22:48 Pretty good
 Armacost 84 23:14 Nice job
 Ashton 91 23:23 Very nice
 Price 101 23:39 Good going
 Armistead 129 24:45 Guess you don't like hot

1-5 Gap: 1:49 (ok)
12th out of 25 teams with 339 points; 181 runners MileSplit results

Although there weren’t any PR’s, the team ran fairly well. This is a challenging course and the heat made it even tougher to race on. Use the experience to be sharper the next race. Save nothing in the next few weeks and do everything you can to be fitter and faster. Strive to be your best when it matters the most.

“Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
-William Faulkner

This is one of the challenges each and every race. Running offers us a unique measuring stick in that we can always measure our progress or digression because of race distances and times. It is the truest measure of our abilities and masks nothing. We are exposed by our times for who we are and what we have become. Our improvements don’t lie and tell us we are stronger, fitter and faster than the boy or girl we were before.

Although we are trying to place ourselves in history, it is important we don’t lose sight of one of the most important principles of running and racing. The pursuit to be better is not ambiguous unless you are comparing yourself to your contemporaries and predecessors. Gage your success on how much better you are than your old self. Work with diligence to be better than you were a year ago, a month ago, a week ago. Be mentally stronger and believe you can push yourself to new and higher physical boundaries. You may have doubt or lack true confidence you can be better and this is a natural thing. I have been in your spikes and had the same insecurities. Don’t allow such negative thoughts to restrict or limit you from being the absolute best you can be. Go forth with a positive mental attitude and you will defeat the older, weaker self.