“Go Caitlyn Go!!” I have yelled that countless times since August 16 when Caitlyn and Sue started cross country practice.
Caitlyn loved the running, Sue loved the social time.
I ached watching Caitlyn put her heart and soul into the running and see little success. She ran with such determination at every practice, from her very first step to her last. But again and again she was beat by her sister and her teammates. And yet, she never wavered, she never gave up.
She ran at practice, she started running in the mornings with me. I was so, so proud of her every single time. All heart and determination. And right at the end of the season we saw some of her power come out as she plowed through her last meet with just over a 10 minute mile.
While she was running cross country, she also trained with me for a 5k (3.1 miles). Yesterday was the day. We got up before dawn to get a decent breakfast and head on our way.
Don’t mind the scratches on my nose. I fell a couple days before the race while taking a short walk. I landed on my face and managed to break my glasses, scratch up my nose (not broken, as first feared), and bruised up my knee.
A couple days before, my sweet girl had asked me if it was okay if she ran ahead of me for the first mile “you’ll catch up to me in mile 2 I’m sure.” Well, she sure did pull ahead of me–and I never saw her again. My Caitlyn finished the race in 34 minutes and 6 seconds. She ran a mile pace of 10 minutes 58 seconds!!! She finished in 2 place of the girls ages 10-13 who ran. I couldn’t be more proud. Honestly, I couldn’t.
She finished WAYYYYY ahead of me yesterday and as I finally ran up to the finish line, I heard a voice yelling, “go MOMMY go!!!!”
I can’t wait to run with her again–and watch out cross country, we’ll be unleashing a powerhouse on you next season!
Survive til you Thrive!