Hello Goodbye

The last few weeks have brought beginnings and ends. I said hello to another return to running while my daughter Anna said goodbye to a new phase in her swimming career.

I said hello and started running again using the same return to running plan that I used successfully last year. Thus far, knock on wood, my hamstring has been holding up and I an excited to be moving forward on my stay healthy goals for this year.

Anna said goodbye to her first high school swim season in a big way. After a season of continued improvement, she qualified with her teammates for the Indiana high school state meet in 2 relays. At the meet, the 200 medley relay finished their season in prelims, but the 400 free relay advanced to finals. So in the last race of the Indiana high school season, the squad Anna swam on brought home a 6th place finish. As an added bonus, the whole relay team returns next year! For me, it is ready hard to describe my feelings. I'm proud of her putting in all the hard work, listening to her coaches, and as a freshman, finding her role and supporting her teammates. I'm also somewhat speechless regarding what she just experienced. Obviously, I hope she has the opportunity to return to the state meet and podium many more times, hopefully on a higher step. If she doesn't, she has had an amazing experience that can't be taken away from her. But for me the best part was seeing the smile on her face and the pure joy. It makes all those trips to the pool, at all hours of the day, so worth it.

Artist for Song in Title: The Beatles

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