I recently had the joy of watching high school runners compete at the 2014 Muskego High School Cross Country Invitational. I am a running geek so I get a thrill out of watching a televised marathon (something most would probably equate with watching paint dry). Watching these kids compete was not only fun, but inspiring. I saw kids literally gut out finishes. You knew it hurt—you could see it in the grimaces and fatigue that creased their faces. It didn’t matter if they were battling for first place or last, none of these kids were just jogging it in. I saw amazing kicks that sent some hurtling past competitors. I saw relief and desperation on the faces of some as the finish line came into their view. There was no quit in them, whether they were in first or last place—it was gutsy determination that made viewers’ hearts balloon up into their throat as they cheered the runners to the finish line. These runners did more than finish what they started—they kicked it into their own personal high gear and left everything they had on the grass that morning. Congratulations to all of the runners that finished that day. I don't care if you came in first or last, you all showed gutsy determination that is inspiring!
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