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As humans we tend to let our fears get in the way of greatness. My son Michael is no different, as he has a fear of running hills in his cross country and it has hindered him. This afternoon since I had no car available I walked him the mile and a half from our house to the high school so he could get on the bus for his schools meet in Newark Valley, New York. While walking we were able to have some wonderful father and son time together. We talked about life in general and then he asked me how I handle hills in my running. Michael has run this particular course before but there is one hill that intimidates him. My response to him was “Hills are a part of life and not just in cross country, how you choose to attack those hills is solely up to you.” I personally try to attack hills with the attitude of “Hey I got this” and dig in for the fight, which I use for all aspects of life.

After getting Julie’s car from the shop we headed to the meet. Michael’s team was warming up and getting ready for their 5:12 gun time. Watching Michael today was simply AWESOME. I don’t know what happened and I’d like to think it was something that I said but he ran strong today. He conquered the hill and finished the 1.5 mile course in 10:59 which is a 7:19 pace, his best meet to date. Julie, Max and I were so proud of him but most importantly Michael was proud of himself and I believe that speaks volumes.

Michael Warming Up

Michael Warming Up

Michael, center, off and running.

Michael, center, off and running.

Michael, right, has just conquered the hill and his fear.

Michael, right, has just conquered the hill and his fear.

Michael finishing strong!

Michael finishing strong!

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