The last two weekends we have had Cross Country meets. Last week's was at Shiloh Christian School. Here's how naive Kevin and I are: we thought Will's school was just running against Shiloh. Imagine our surprise when we got out there and saw 3,000 people at the meet.
Yeah, this was a big deal. I should have figured this out sooner, like when we got the email from the coach telling us we needed to go buy spikes for our boys.
That was quite a thrill ride. I didn't know anything about spikes, and we left with the Incredible Hulk of running shoes. (We also had to buy some supportive drawers, but I'm not allowed to talk about that.) It's all stuff that moms really enjoy doing. I'm sending Kevin out to buy Emma a leotard and panties next week.
Then there was the tent the coach was very excited about. It took about 20 parents to put up. It was even more fun to take down and put back in the bag. Cross Country meets are big time if you come with your own tent.
And with big time comes drama. Will's warm ups didn't come in, so he had to wear the dreaded uniform "as-is." He despises tank tops, so that was strike one. Then we have the shorts, or as Emma calls them, "Will's shart-sharts." He thought he got a girl's uniform by mistake, and to be truthful, I don't know why they make the boys run in shorts that little. I noticed a few schools had longer shorts, and I noticed our boys were looking at them kind of longingly. Hopefully those longer shorts added some seconds on to their time. Anyway, Mr. Will was not a happy camper and made a "pictures from the neck up rule."
Which I broke.
"Uh, yeah, mom, we talked about this. I'd hate to get all strict with you out here in front of my boys."
So back to the race. There were one million boys running and it was hotter than the sun. Or, there were 300 boys running and it was nearly 100, but the first sentence really felt accurate.
I showed my dad this picture and he said, "Where's Will?"
Before the race began, the kids stood in this line up, then they would break away in groups and run out on the course to stay loose. Will's team did this about 20 times - no exaggeration - because the race was starting late.
By the time the race started, they were all hot sweaty messes. Will looked like he had already run the full course.
I put in this picture so you can see their shoes. Spikes only come in bright smiley colors.
The race was brutal - It was so hot that I wanted to fall down, and I was just cheering on the sidelines. Kevin, Emma and I stationed ourselves on different places during the race and cheered as hard as we could for Will and the Woodland boys, but Will really struggled. When he came through the chute we started pouring water over him and he drank 3 Gatorades while waiting to turn in his bib. He told me later that he couldn't understand anything we were saying, that everything was fuzzy. After he came out of the chute, we saw kids in the ice baths, and found out later that 3 kids were transported to the hospital with heat stroke.
We consider ourselves lucky that he finished and didn't have to go to the dunk tank or the ER. Will, however, was unhappy with his time.
This week we got to go to Elkins! It's like there are rules about having meets in towns with populations over 500 people. I think they need the cow pastures for the courses. They moved the starting time up an hour to avoid the heat, so we got to get up at 5:00. I didn't even know my alarm clock would work at that hour on the weekends! It was brutal getting up that early, BUT, we weren't sweaty. Just sleepy.
Will was pumped! I don't know if he had a bowl of confidence for breakfast or what, but he was ready to go. Even in the shart-sharts and raunchy tank top.
We spread out all along the course and he was tearing it up.
Then, at the very end, a runner from another school tripped him. Will went down and did a forward roll (which Emma said was very good) in front of the girl's cross country team. They all started screaming for him to get up, and he did - dirt, grass, bung-ups and all and kept on running!
And he finished in 14:37 - including his forward roll. I think he should get some style points for that.