Found myself looking at this picture today…one year to the day after I wrote about it. Once again the Cross Country team stood on the starting line at 8:00 a.m. this morning, waiting for the start.

Ross All Over the Map

Are you ready?  It is the time of year when summer athletic practices begin in earnest, and along with some parents, faculty members, and alumni, I was a spectator for the Boys Cross Country time trial this morning.  Poised at the starting line at 8:00 a.m., there looked to be about forty-five nervous, already sweaty runners.
I remember the feeling of the starting line as a High School Cross Country runner.  To be frank, I always disliked that moment of waiting, of knowing what exhaustion lay ahead but having to delay just going ahead and getting started already(!).   Earlier, when I was a weigh nothing middle schooler, and even through my ninth grade year, I remember distinctly that feeling of not having to worry about getting tired…ever—I could run all day, and several times I remember adding a workout to my day just so I could run with the older…

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