Terrible cross country season?
(I found this question on Yahoo Answers. I felt compelled to write a little on the subject.)
I found myself actually crying just now from a terrible season im having. I’m a sophmore and tomorrow is our conference race. This is all that i was thinking about in the summer but i was setback due to an injury. All my training was for this one race, but all that work is now down the drain. I had a good chance of winning and it was all that i wanted for this season. Whats the best way to cope with this? This was really really important to me and im very sad that i threw away another year of cross country. Please give me some advice, thanks so much.
I feel your pain. Here is the thing you need to learn. Its not about the race. The race can be won or lost. It can all be out of your control. What is in your control are your times. Work on improving your times and good things will come. Let’s give an example. Let’s say you work really hard all summer and season, but the best runner in the US moves into your district and can run faster than anyone else in the US. What than? Was a season lost? No. Of course not. Because during this season that best runner in the US made you work harder. Maybe you became friends and started to train together. Maybe that helped you become a better runner and you placed 2nd in the nation but still lost conference. Don’t make the place your goal. Make being a better runner your goal. All pressure will be released. Good luck. Myrunblog.com
The only thing I wanted to add to my Yahoo post is this. A place is a hard goal to set. How can you train for a place. You can train for a time. In fact a good coach will always break down your practice schedule to achieve your goal. (Time) A coach can’t train you to achieve a place? If you really look at this carefully it transcends to every sport.
Make it a good run. 🙂