Leader of the Pack

>> Monday, May 20, 2013

I am one proud mama.  But then again, every mom thinks their kids are exceptional, and so, as a rule, I try not to brag on my kids too much here or in real life ~ well, except maybe to their grandparents ~ but this time I just can't help it!  I am just so proud of Mack and her performance at her first-ever track meet!!
Now, Mack LOVES to run (figure THAT one out, geneticists!!) and had signed up for virtually every single running event available.  Obviously, we encouraged her to aim to win, but because it's ALL the Gr. 5-8 students from the entire division meeting to compete, I cautioned her a little to be prepared to lose, too, especially since this is the first time she's ever competed in anything like this.
Well, whatever preparation she may have done for losing was somewhat moot, because she placed in every. single. event!!!!!  The pictures pretty well tell the story of how her races went ~
easily competitive in the shorter distance events...

...but virtually alone out front in the distance runs.

(The Man and I scoured the above picture for the second-place runner because we didn't think it had been THAT much of a spread, but we can't see one.  The one 'figure' at the top left-hand of the track that appears to be running is actually a wooden cut-out silhouette, so it doesn't count!)

We know speed isn't her greatest strength, but that kid can run
F-O-R-E-V-E-R without any noticeable change of pace, so her placements came as no surprise:

3rd place:  4x50m shuttle relay
2nd place: 50m sprint, 100m dash
1st place:  4x100m relay, 2x400m relay, and 400m

Unfortunately, she didn't get to run the 800m, which I sort of suspect might have been her best event.  It ended up being cancelled due to scheduling issues, but since the 4x100m relay was immediately after the 800, it's probably not an all-bad thing.  She was disappointed to not be able to race twice around the track, but I think it would have been much worse for her to run it, and then not have enough juice left for a team race.  She's very hard on herself, especially if she knows other people are counting on her.

In any case, we are just bustin' our buttons and Mack is already plotting her strategy and planning her training regimen for next spring.  She's really hoping the snow will melt earlier than it did this year so she won't have to wait till just two weeks before the meet to start training.

Seriously, whose kid is this??


Andrea Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:42:00 PM CDT  

Whoo-hoo! Way to go Mack!! I enjoyed short distance runs at track meets "back in the day" too and placed at some of them as well - but I doubt it came quite as effortlessly as it seems to for you!

Andrea Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:46:00 PM CDT  

And Uncle Les says "Awesome running! Super proud of you!"

Wendy Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:25:00 AM CDT  

Way to go!!! I love it when they find their passion. :)

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