“I was a never empty pitcher pouring out happiness.” – Neal Holtschulte, 2005 NCAA Div III Cross Country Champion
Today, we compete for our league championship, and a week from Saturday we will compete for a New England Championship. It’s always a challenge to think of suitable words, images, or mental cues to prepare the team for these meets.
Fortunately, others have found and shared words that have proven to be helpful to me and to the runners I coach over the years. One of my favorite sources of such words is the piece that Neal Holtschulte (Williams, ’06) wrote after winning the 2005 NCAA Div III Cross Country Championships. The essay is an account of the race from the inside out, as well as a chronicle of the thoughts, decisions, and hopes that flowed through Holtschulte’s mind as his legs traversed the muddy course that day.
It makes for great reading leading up to the biggest races of the year: