The Sport Within
The Sport Within
Tue Sep 15 01:30:00 EDT 2009 | by Christine Scanlon
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Sport is not just a game, practice, team, or skill. Sport is much more; it is something that lives within you. As a graduate of the class of 2009 I have recently experienced life without being on a team. For the past 18 years of my life afternoons were taken up by long runs, strength training, or countless laps in the swimming pool.  Now as a former student-athlete I have taken the path which most die-hard athletes do; to become a coach.

This past Saturday I had my first Cross-Country meet, and this time not as a runner, but as the Head Coach of a Women's Collegiate Cross-Country team.  As the runners warmed up for the race, I felt myself starting to get nervous. I stretched out my arms and legs, and my heart started to race. It wasn't easy to remind myself that I wasn't actually running the race; this time I had to prepare others to do so.  I calmed myself down and began to focus all my adrenaline into the athletes on the team. I told them what some good racing tactics would be, and what times they should aim for. I told them to stretch out and warm-up well. I then tried to come up with some clever cheer, but let's just say I need to work on that.  As I saw the runners in the midst of the race, I began cheering loudly at them to pick it up, and pass their competitors. I knew exactly what they were going through, and was proud that I was able to relate to each of them in that way. As they each sprinted down the straight-away and crossed the finish line I then realized that I have now crossed into another turning point of my athletic career; they now call me Coach.

Even though I was upset I wasn't able to run the race, I was overjoyed by the fact that I was able to pass over my passion for running and competition to the women on the team. It is an amazing feeling to offer advice for a sport which you love, and share it with those who have the same love.

Sport in my life has not ended because my collegiate participation has ended. Sport is a part of me, and it always will be.


Posted by lyddolglowinhead
Sep 28, 2009 @ 01:17 PM
great thoughts Chrissy- I feel like I'm going through the same feelings- it's an interesting transition, but eventually it will feel normal! :)