Racing = Giving

Image credit to #1 Coach: Karen Harvey

About three months ago my team and I sat down at camp and wrote out our goals for the upcoming cross country season. I thought hard about what I wanted to accomplish and wrote down some of the loftiest goals I’d ever conjured. I thought about what I wanted to accomplish both physically and spiritually, as well as what I believed my team could achieve. Now, with just one day to go I’m faced with the reality that there are only six kilometers left to achieve the biggest goal. While some of my races this season have gone great, and others were overshadowed by some bad luck a great deal of pain and even disappointment, none of that matters anymore except the six kilometers that stand between me and my dream. It will be the last chance I get to wear the FSU uniform in a cross-country race besides six of my best friends. Yes, we all have big goals in mind, one big goal in particular, and so these next few hours will likely creep by slower than any other day of the year, while our nerves continue to slowly grow inside ourselves. On the other hand, the race will seem to flew by when I look back in future moments, and so I know I must embrace every moment.

Last Sunday as I sat in church I heard a wonderful message about the importance of giving. As I sat there and took it all in, my mind couldn’t help but wander to the race weekend ahead, and I wondered if there was any way I could relate this message to my race. Then suddenly it dawned on me, “This is my last TEAM race.” What is being a part of a TEAM really all about? After many years of being on some of the top teams in the nation, I’ve realized racing for a team is a lot like giving; you give your best effort for each other, not for yourself. When I think of it that way, I am so blessed that I have this one more race with these amazing girls. They are not just teammates, but my 2nd family. So tomorrow’s goal is simple, run my best, and give it all for the team.

I cannot believe the moment is already here, four years have certainly flown by. But I do know that this race is really just like any other, I just have to go out there, fight hard, and get it done. And when the moment of adversity is upon me, I’ll just remember that like everything in life, it is
From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” 
-Romans 11:36

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