Cross Country

I don’t know about you, but I am not much of a runner. In fact, I have long said, if you see me running, take off, because whatever is behind me is BAD!! Because I will try to stay and fight off most things. So seriously, if I am running, GO! My daughter however, for some reason, loves running. Long distances. Very long distances. Which means I get to go enjoy Cross Country meets.

Now when my oldest nieces went out for Cross Country the first time, we knew nothing about it. It wasn’t even something I could have done in high school. We have been learning a lot the last 6 years. Since the last meet was close by and at a camp ground and lake, the team and parents have potluck afterwards. But first the running end of it.

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That’s Madelyn in the front, doesn’t she look like she is having a great time? She has had a cold for about a week and was really struggling to breathe this race. But she managed to knock over a minute off her time last year, which is pretty impressive. I know she wasn’t super happy with her performance, but I always am. If she finishes I am thrilled. The fact that she usually finishes pretty well is all the more impressive. The effort these kids put in, and the fact that they do it, makes me a fan of their heart!

Once all the kids were done running, we headed over to the camp ground were a couple parents had brought their campers and hosted the gathering.

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On the way I stopped to take a couple pictures of the lake. This is at Hickory Grove Park in Colo, Iowa. They ran clear to the far side of this picture and back to were I am standing.

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This is over closer to the campground. It was a beautiful day although a little chilly. Especially when I thought I brought my sweatshirt and instead had grabbed Madelyn’s small. It didn’t fit on my arms!

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Just down from the campgrounds, looking back towards where I was in the first picture.

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Once the team all filtered in, it’s chow time.

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These moms can cook! The food was amazing and it’s always fun to sit and relax with the kids and their parents.

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I almost needed another plate! This is one of my favorite traditions.

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