There are three cross country running cousins in our family. They all have their conference meets this week followed by Sections for the HS kids and Regions for Blake. If you think the runners are the only ones who get nervous at the meets and a super workout after the gun, false! CC fans are dedicated 😉.
David had his conference race last night. He earned All-Conference honors plus the Sabres were team champs. Mnmilesplit.com interviewed the team. The moms were very tempted to make our appearance in their video like they did for their teammate last month. We resisted the temptation although the boys would have thought it was funny.
My mom sent me this photo that illustrates how enthusiastic the fans are. She titled it "with a little help from my mom."
I remember feeling like I could get him going faster with gestures. Why?!?!?! Don't know. Since David is a senior, I'm sure he knows to follow the white line.
The heart art of the CC season is very busy for parents. The other captain parents and I put on a spaghetti dinner the night before the race (about 90 people), then the whole team plus families gathered for pizza after the race. Next week, we will be cooking up lasagna for the Section runners. It's good that most of us either run or work out. We need to keep up our stamina.
Blake will have his last NSIC cross country meet this weekend. His races are 5 miles instead of the 5K the HS kids run. The extra distance adds a different dimension to the race. Blake loves his races the longer the better. Go Bulldogs!
My next blog post will be a quilt camp preview. I think we are all getting excited for a weekend away to sew, run, rest and laugh. In the meantime, CC Mom is my #1 job!
Weekends seem to fly by around here. Yesterday my children and I worked tirelessly raking, mowing, and cleaning up our yard. It was starting to look pretty good until rain began to fall. We brought eight bags of leaves out to the city compost site. We were feeling proud until... a few hours later when we retuned home from church. Apparently the rain and wind of a passing storm seemed to down enough of our remaining leaves to look as if we hadn't done any work at all. Bummer! We will be out there again soon.
Saturday also included a lovely eight mile run. My running friend and I found a BRAND NEW ROUTE. After running the roads and paths in our community for the past 19 years, we actually found a new Saturday route to enjoy. Running a new route is a great way to add some excitement to a sport that can get a bit mundane.
On Sunday, my daughter asked if I would run a short route with her. Yes! Of course I would love to join her. My son decided to come along also. He and I did our best to keep up with L. We ran a route that she runs with her cross country teammates. Again... it was a new route to me. Two new routes in one weekend. FUN!
The three of us enjoyed a cool down walk. (Sorry for my close-up!) :)
Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead! Happy Running! -Stephanie
My son recently fried his phone when he flooded his waders while hunting. I applaud his extreme patience trying to dry it out with lights and rice. Even so, the phone never came back to life. His new one came today and he was delighted to get it activated. Having him without a working phone was inconvenient for all of us. He couldn't communicate with friends and we couldn't reach him to check on him. Back when I was a kid, we just had to be trusted...maybe we earned that trust, maybe not. It does make me wonder if we are too dependent on our phones and instant communication.
I rarely carry my phone while running. I've tried to guard that time for being present while running. However, there are some things phones can do that would be helpful on the road.
I really enjoyed Missee's post from Saturday, "Any Old Reason." She is correct. We each have our own individual reasons why we run. I run for peace, mental clarity, to spend time with friends, for health, and to burn calories.
This weekend included two really great runs. On Saturday, I met up with my running friend, M, for about five miles of fun and friendship. It was a gorgeous fall day! (Autumn is my favorite season!) Here a few of the beautiful sites courtesy of my small town.
I came across this bench situated along the bike path near my home. I noticed something red along the top of the bench. Upon further investigation, I see that someone has decorated the top of the bench with berries. I will keep an eye on this bench to see if the design continues. Nature's beauty at its finest!
On Sunday, I enjoyed a run on the treadmill + Netflix. A great way to start a Sunday morning!
Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead! Happy Running! -Stephanie
When someone asks, Why run?, there can be multiple good reasons. The most obvious would be if someone is chasing you. I don't think that applies to people who run regularly, or if so, would be a stressful existence. The next most obvious would be to win. This seems to cover the younger runners and those who are super fit. We've got some of these in the family. For instance, this guy:
For others, it's a good outlet for stress and mental clarity. I really mean it helps you appreciate the people in your life even when they don't deserve it.
It could even be your way to stay connected with friends and make some new ones such as the staff running club I've been attending for about a year. We still have the same two members and we are the only two CSB alums on staff. Go Bennies!
Whatever your reason, it is a great reason to run if running enhances your life in any way. Run soon, any reason will do! Missee
It is 61 degrees and sunny... and no cross country meet today due to weather. Our one and only home cross country meet was cancelled due to a soggy course. Our part of the state have been plagued with rain lately. The golf course was too wet to withstand the tread of the runners.
For me as a runner, I don't mind the rain when my shoes are mostly dry. Wet shoes = Blisters. I prefer a little mist or rain to sun, heat, and humidity.
Time for a weather survey... Which of the following weather would you prefer for an outside run or walk?
I hope some dry fall weather is around the corner for us! Happy running! -Stephanie
It seems that October 1 is the New Year's resolution day of the road racing world. My inbox has been absolutely full of race registration reminders and incentives this week. I just registered for the Scheel's Earth Day Half Marathon. Even though last year was disappointing for me, it's a great race and I'm willing to try again! Plus, when we ran this morning, Deb informed me that she is already registered. Friends don't let friends run alone.
Last week, I was notified that the Gobble Gallop on Thanksgiving opened registration this week. We usually go to Duluth for Thanksgiving to my in-laws, so that's a fun 5K to run. Hopefully some of my husband's family will join in as well. That race is a fundraiser for the local food shelf and the prizes are pies instead of medals. At that holiday dinner, there are at least 8 gluten free people, but the others are happy to eat the pie!
Grandma's Marathon opens their registration Sunday night at 5:00pm. Getting into the marathon isn't hard, but the half will fill quickly. I'm planning to be on my computer by 4:55 to try and register. If I don't get a spot in the half, I'll wait a while before considering running the full. Blake and David will probably run the 5K or maybe the half. If David decides to attend UMD next year, we will try to coordinate orientation with the race weekend.
I also saw on Facebook that the Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon will have their first price increase October 2. Stephanie mentioned doing that race as her next marathon. I think my college kids will have their conference meets that week so I can't commit to joining her but the race starts at the school where I work and ends near where Haley attends college. We'd love to have Stephanie and family stay with us for easy access to the race. I love races with easy logistics!
in addition to those race choices, I'm still planning to do the Snowflake Shuffle at CSB. Last year was my first time racing in costume and I'm going to bring out my gingerbread person outfit again! This race is a fundraiser for Haley's track team as well.
No fun photos this time, but plenty of links to most of the races I'll do during the next year. If you know you like certain events, it can save a lot of money to register early. This is one of our two fall weekends with no cross country meets. I enjoyed a long run this morning and then some leisure...maybe. Happy running! Missee
We have been writing about the Milaca Mega Meet for a few posts and rightly so. Over 4900 kids grades 7-12 finished races that day. It was exciting to watch even races where we didn't know any competitors personally. Races started approximately every 15 minutes from 10:00 until 2:30, so there was a constant stream of finishers.
Lauren didn't have a great race. That will definitely happen from time to time. It was extremely hot and humid. Some 🏃🏽 have a harder time than others in extreme weather. I was proud of her for toughing it out. Shes newer to cross country than her cousins. Experience will help her a lot.
David,on the other hand, had a super race. I was nervous because he has had his share of rough performances in the heat. He continued to move ahead throughout the race and even into the finish area. His team moved from the 3A race to the 4A race for stiffer competition and they found it, but beat one team ranked ahead of them in the polls. It was a great way to race at Milaca for the last time.
These running cousins had a host of sweaty fans. There were seven of us watching and boy were we hot! Even at the end of the day, we were still smiling!
Blake was at a different meet but equally hot. Look how sweaty he is!!! Weather is better now, so enjoy. Happy running. Missee
My daughter competed in the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday. According to their website, the Milaca Mega Meet meet hosts an average of 150 schools with more than 5,900 runners competing. The meet was good, but our day did not go exactly as planned. About ten miles from home, we heard a strange noise coming from under our car. I assumed it was a stick that was stuck under the car and had wiggled free. Wrong. A few miles down the road, the tire pressure gauge warning light came on. We stopped at the next town (probably five more miles down the road) to find that we had a tire that was quickly loosing air.
Luckily, we were able to make it to a service station who was available to help us at 7:30 am on a Saturday. In about 30 minutes, we were back on the road. Thanks to the quick tire repair at the service station, we were able to make it to Milaca before Lauren's race.
We expected the temperature at the meet to be about 70 with a possibility of rain. Instead, it was hot, sunny, and very humid. Not the best weather for running, but a fabulous day. Missee's son also competed in the meet, so we spent a lovely day with family.
Have a great week! Happy running! -Stephanie
I enjoyed Stephanie's last post about their family dinners. Gathering for dinner is one of the things my husband and I are proud of insisting on as much as possible. We don't even answer the phone during meals. Our motto is that if it's important, they'll leave a message. I'm not nearly as good on the meal planning as my sister. I try for a while, and love how much easier it is to shop with a plan. Eventually I fall off the wagon again and struggle to make dinner. Spaghetti is our standby when all else fails. We still enjoy spaghetti, so it's all good!
One thing that derails my meal planning is the appearance of fresh game. We love venison in many forms, goose, duck and fish. It's all best fresh, so my best laid plans are happily put aside when fresh,local food becomes available! Here is the scene in my driveway last night:
David somehow finds time to hunt, fish, go to school and run. He's got amazing energy. We are looking forward to watching him run this weekend at the Milaca Mega Meet. My niece, Lauren, will also be running. There are usually close to 150 teams participating. We are hoping for good weather which makes it way more fun for spectators.
While I wish I did a better job on meal planning, I'm going to continue to enjoy the surprise walleye, deer or water fowl that end up on my table. I'm going to enjoy a long run Saturday morning before the Mega Meet, then will willingly rack up thousands of steps watching the teenage racers. They do have an "Old Timers" race for coaches, parents, etc. I'd be delighted to pay Stephanie's entry fee if she wants to run!!!
Missee and Stephanie are two Minnesota sisters and moms who love to run. We are not experts in running, parenting or anything else, but we do have years of experiences that may be helpful or entertaining to others.