It's that time of year again....cross country day has arrived at my children's primary school, and the air is heavy with a combination of pent-up excitement, the odd bit of chest-beating, and the expected amount of excuses...and that's only from the parents.
There were some rumblings in the media a while back, in regards to how some schools were looking at this annual running event, and ways to update it for the current climate. In other words, watering down the raro. It's been found that some children (and probably proportionally, many parents) don't like it. Poor little darlings.
Ideas for updating it included turning it into a ninja-warrior type obstacle course, with ropes, water holes, tire walls etc. All well and good, until rope-burn, fear of drowning or a couple of cases of rubber allergy come up, and it'll be time for another update. It's circular in it's complexity.
Whether you're a fan or not, this is just a further example of the minority needing to be catered to over the majority. At it's core, the school cross-country is a raw, basic and straight-forward activity. It's not supposed to be all flashing lights and a total captivation of the imagination; because not everything has to, or should be.
You run, you sweat, you get tired, you fall behind (for most anyway!), but you keep going and you finish. Where you place is insignificant; unless you've got wider cross-country ambitions, but most don't.
So, here's a couple of simple tips to help get your child to the start line - even if it's still with a dropped lip!
We've got to be preparing them for the inevitable challenges they will face in life, not always sugarcoating or protecting them, in some vain attempt to shield a little difficulty.
The Performance Instigator has recently developed The Courageous Competitor Initiative, which is perfect to address some of the concerns young people have about competing, not just in sport, but in a variety of settings across life.
Find out more here - performanceinstigator.com/courageouscompetitor
To help develop and take their mental and mindset ability to the next level, The Mental Performance Workout™ is recommended.
Check out more info here - performanceinstigator.com/youth-mpw-offer