State Meet Weekend

While the state meet is certainly something worth getting excited about, for those about to run, this is a time to remain calm and reflect on all of the hard work and dedication it’s taken to get to this point in the season.

Whether it was the miles, the smoke, the heat, the cold, a nagging injury, or a sickness, you’ve all endured more than most to prepare for arguably the most exciting four hours of competition in Montana high school sports, when all classifications invade a patch of grass in Helena, Montana — your home turf. Nearly every school in the entire state of Montana will be represented at Bill Roberts Golf Course on Saturday, October 21, and you belong among the best.

Trust the training and believe in the process that got you here. And most importantly, be you. Run your race and dictate your destiny. Go Bengals!

♦ Words to think about this week.

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” – PattiSue Plumer

♦ Remember when I told the middle schoolers, you’re the toughest out there?

“In football, you might get your bell rung, but you go in with the expectation that you might get hurt, and you hope to win and come out unscathed. As a distance runner, you know you’re going to get your bell rung. Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear. You’re not coming away feeling good. It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days. It’s not a strategy. It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort. Any serious runner bounces back. That’s the nature of their game. Taking pain.” – Mark Wetmore, University of Colorado XC coach

♦ And one more bit of motivation for good measure.

“There is something about the ritual of the race, putting on the number, lining up, being timed, that brings out the best in us.” – Grete Waitz

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