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LCS Cross Country Runners Conquer the Heat and Humidity

By: Rory Gilfillan

Today was tough for XC. There is a reason that marathons are held in the Spring and Fall and rarely in the summer. Today, runners' hearts would have worked many times harder in order to propel themselves at the same speed as Earl Bales. There is no getting around human physiology and my god, for most of my thirties I tried to do just that. Aside from my core belief that running distance is the cure to everything (strep throat, ennui, math) and that suffering is intrinsically a good thing—ideas that I have expounded on repeatedly, there is more to what XC did today than participate in my own unique form of insanity (one that the school actually asks me to inflict on student volunteers!)

What XC did today was glorious.

Tonight, runners will go to bed exhausted because they did something hard and they did it in extremely trying conditions. Years from now they may reflect on days like today and maybe the memory will sustain them and help them tackle other hard things. Therein lies the reason to run.

I didn't run today but there was nowhere else I would have rather been because I was in the presence of greatness.

I am proud of each and every one of our athletes; soccer, field hockey, flag football and above all, XC.

XC Invitational next Wednesday.

Home turf.

Come watch.

Come volunteer.

Witness the limits of the human heart.
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