As soon as my Monkey was able to join the school swim team in 2nd grade, we were there. She had a great year and looked forward to that extra bit of activity and fun in the water even though the summer had ended and the next year she couldn’t wait to do it all again.
During the summer between 3rd and 4th grades, we noticed a little post in the corner of our church bulletin notifying parents and children in our parish that there would be a regional cross country team starting at the end of the summer. Monkey was sort of interested but TV and video games had started to sink their teeth in….the main reason I was very interested - lol!
So on a sweltering Saturday morning in early August, I took my not-yet-4th-grader to a local track to check it out. She was less than impressed and after her first real run around the track, she’d had enough. I thought she did great considering she had never run like that before, but she made a beeline for the car and I said goodbye to the coaches with a “Well, maybe we’ll see you again….” but not really expecting to.
The first real practice was scheduled for Tuesday evening, but I just decided to let it go. I figured if I kept pushing it, she’d go and hate it and it’d be all my fault and swimming would surely follow suit. I was more than a little surprised when I noticed Monkey lacing up her sneakers on that Tuesday night and rolling her eyes at me when I asked where she was going - “Don’t I have cross country practice tonight, Mom?” Of course you do!!
For the first month of practice, Monkey told all three of the coaches that she was only going to do this for a week…a month…..until school starts…….then “Maybe I’ll see what it’s like to run in a meet….”
She ran her first 3K meet in just over 25 minutes.
At the end of the season last year - her second year as a Novice - she ran that same 3K course in just under 16 minutes
Today, we officially started a new season - her 3rd year running . Monkey is a Minor now and, though she still runs 3K, it is a much more difficult course that includes a crazy-steep hill. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t expect to see her anywhere near the finish line until at least the 23 minute mark.
She finished at 19:51.
My amazing, flying Monkey
How do your kids amaze you?