Monday, June 20, 2011

Flashback

Oh the wonders of Facebook. Someone recently posted this gem.

Demasi Middle School Cross Country Team - circa 1994
I'm in the 2nd row, 3rd one in from the right.

The cool part is I'm still with friends with many of the people in this picture. Almost all of us continued running cross country and track together through highschool, and a few even continued on to college on running scholarships.

Cross Country and track are both individual and team sports at the same time. All the afterschool practices, weekend long runs, traveling to meets, and team dinners build camaraderie. It also leaves you little time to get in trouble. I strongly believe getting your child involved in sports at a young age sets them on straight path. It fostered a good work ethic which also spilled over into our academics.

I think we ran 3k's in middle school at cross-country meets? I fondly remember a bunch of us traveling to Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia on Saturdays throughout the fall to participate in a youth series of 5k's there. I know those were longer than our regular races.

Later that same school year I also did the Broad Street Run with my friend Jamie (1st row, 3rd from the left). Her older brother was running the race, so we thought we'd try it too. We finished in just under an hour and a half. You better believe we felt pretty bad-ass telling everyone how we survived running a whole 10 miles that week at school.

Drinking and drugs were never on our radar. We were friends on and off the track and that just didn't fit our style. We had bigger adventures to tackle :)

16 comments:

  1. same here...
    cross country was so grueling i was too tired to get in trouble..and the work ethic does translate to other areas of life.

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  2. Love it! My high school cross country days left me with some of the best memories I have!

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  3. I hope people read this & hear your message. I also believe in the importance of extra curricular activities.

    Love the pic!

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  4. Looking back, cross country and swim team were some of my very best memories from high school. I loved going out to the football game on Friday night, sleeping at a friend's house, then sneaking out the door at 5:45 to go for a 5 mile (which was a LONG run) Saturday morning run with my team, and then sneaking back into my friend's house while the rest of them were sleeping!

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  5. love this pic and that you did broad street in high school. WHAT!! that's awesome.

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  6. Hahaha, I love the singlets over the t-shirts! Ah, the early 90s.

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  7. I think the trend was called "awkward tween modesty". Nice and lightweight, right?

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  8. Aw, so cute! Running was torture when I was in highschool, and I don't even know if we had a track/cross country team in middle school. I'm thinking no.

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  9. So cute! I have a very awkward CC pic from 7th grade. I thought running the 5k was sooooo far back then. I can't imagine running 10 miles as a teen.

    My track friends were the best. We had so much fun but still worked hard.

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  10. hey, i just found this blog from healthylivingblogs.com and realized that not only do we both live in the atlanta area but we are both originally from nj. which would be cool enough except for i saw this picture and reconginized demasi and realized we both grew up in marlton! very impressed at your PRs! have a great day!

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  11. That's too wild Alissa. What a small world!

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  12. That's too wild Alissa. What a small world!

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  13. Aw, so cute! Running was torture when I was in highschool, and I don't even know if we had a track/cross country team in middle school. I'm thinking no.

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  14. love this pic and that you did broad street in high school. WHAT!! that's awesome.

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