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Team Blog - Oregon Cross Country

Lanie Thompson: Excited, But Not Too Excited for NCAAs

Saturday, November 20, 2010, 11:30 a.m.

Greetings from Indiana!

We made it here early in the morning (around 1a.m.) with a few minor flight changes, but regardless, we are here and ready to roll!  Luckily, we all had the chance to sleep in so we will definitely be well rested for Monday's race.

We haven't actually talked much about the race up to this point, but what we have talked about is team unity. Coach Lananna told us that he wants the entire team together throughout the whole trip, whether it is something as simple as going to eat, or as important as sticking together before, during, and after the race. Where you see one Duck, you will see many Ducks! Luckily, this won't be a problem for us because we're all always together anyways!

We still have two and a half days until we race, which will be filled with team bonding experiences and other fun activities. Don't get me wrong, we are definitely pumped and ready to run, but it is not quite time for the total game faces so until then; we will be furthering the closeness of our team!

To close up this blog, I'm going to leave you with a quote given to me by a close friend before I left for NCAA's.

The writer Paulo Coelho once said, "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.  And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams." Let's face it, cross country running hurts. There is almost always a time in a race where it will be painful, whether physical or mental. The reality is that we cannot psych ourselves out about how we may or may not feel in a race because regardless of how we are feeling, if we are chasing after our dreams, everything will be worth it.

Thanks for your support all year and like always, GO DUCKS!

Lanie T.