CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS REVEAL A LIFE CHANGING SECRET
It is Fall in East Texas. Bands practicing, homecoming parades, mum buying and Friday night football is in full swing.
It was 7 a.m. on a SATURDAY MORNING IN THE WALKING CAPITAL OF TEXAS. In a parking lot, across from the First Monday grounds, there were forty School busses parked and unloaded. The main parking lot was already about full of cars, pickups and SUVs. This was a CROSS COUNTRY high school and Junior High meet. SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY plus teenagers had already put up their school tents, were stretching, jogging, or just hanging out doing their own pre-race routine. The senior Boys varsity was starting at 8 a.m.
This batch of pre-millennials were out of bed before 5 a.m. on a Saturday Morning, dressed, fed, loaded on a school bus, and arrived from all over North Texas.
Folks, that is not normal. This cross-country bunch is not normal. During the summer, they ran distances of two to eight miles at least four times a week alone, or in an unorganized group. I have watched the cross-country kids in my town grow up, get scholarships and now some are graduated from college. I keep up with them because their little brothers and sisters are faster and better. They started believing that and bragging when they were in Junior High. They track themselves on their FITBITS. This cross-country bunch are not normal teenagers.
A high school course is between two and seven miles. Many of the great half and full marathoners starts this way. Some of these courses are grass, rolling hills, with ruts, cow piles, goffer holes, and other surprises.
Cross country runners pace themselves. Their only competitor is the one they looked at in the mirror this morning. This is not a team sport. There is an early turn and uphill run. Sometimes the first runners are already “out of gas.” This is how they learn to pace themselves. They are learning self-discipline. This Cross-Country bunch is not normal.
Athletes need to be in “good shape.” Cross country is great for the heart and lungs to get stronger, and great to build muscle strength.
The 650 or more cross-country kids were started first with varsity boys, then JVs, varsity girls, then JVs till they finished with the Junior High groups. Each group came across the timed finish line, before the next group got there. The faces of each finisher was a story. The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.
Every one of those kids let it all hang out. This cross-country bunch are not normal teenagers.
Our country is losing the battle of obesity. Over 70% of us are overweight. Over 30% of us are obese.
There were over 650 Cross-Country Competitors that day. NONE…NADA WERE OBESE. What makes those kids different?
Each one of those kids drinks lots of water. Each one of those kids took PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for what it took to be there that day. This cross-country bunch are not normal teenagers.
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