Cougar Cross Country
Throughout the course of the 2011 season, MVNU
senior runner Nate Winters will write a weekly blog about what is
happening with the team.
Wesleyan" (posted on September 15, 2011)
Jake Pessia held a look of intense
concentration on his face. All his energy
was focused toward one thing: finishing. He
had come so far, success seemed as if it
were almost within reach. Less braver men
might have given up long before, but Jake
was still going strong. "Come on Jake!" the
rest of us cheered. "You've got this, you
can make it!" Sweat was rolling down Jake's
face. He wiped away the sweat calmly and
told us, "I've got this."
eating the Indonesian Peanut Sauté at
Noodles and Company. On the menu, the spicy
dishes are marked by a small picture of a
pepper at the end of the description. Only
one item on the menu is given two peppers.
This item is the Indonesian Peanut Sauté.
Undeterred by the sight of the two peppers,
Jake ordered this exotic dish and put hot
sauce on it.
We were at Noodles and
Company eating after a successful race at
Ohio Wesleyan University. Having never raced
at this course before we were unsure of what
to expect. Personally, I did not like the
course. We were in a very small park, and
the course was (likely) measured wrong, so
everyone ran too far. Also, the bathrooms
were made entirely of concrete and stainless
steel, and resembled a prison. Occasionally,
there was a rumbling in the walls in
conjunction with a high-pitched warble. (We
attributed these noises to the bathroom
gods.) On the positive side, the weather was
very nice and we had many fans come to watch
We actually had nice
weather for most of the week. The only day
that we didn't have nice weather was
Wednesday. Wednesday was the day of our
first morning run and, as if running in the
early morning wasn't miserable enough, it
had to be cold and raining. It wasn't
raining too bad though, and we were able to
finish and go to breakfast.
"Gentleman," I said, as we entered the
cafeteria "We are about to observe one of
the most time-honored and sacred traditions
of this team. It is 6:58, and Saved By The
Bell comes on in two minutes."
However, unbeknownst to us, TBS had decided
to start showing Home Improvement at 7:00 am
instead. We watched it anyway. Change is
good. And I think we have seen just about
every episode of Saved By The Bell over the
past three years.
We don't have a
race this weekend, but next weekend, we will
be at Otterbein. Start making your travel
Let's meet some
Favorite food: My mom's baked Mac &
Favorite cross country course:
I guess the one we ran this past weekend.
It's the only one I've run.
movie: Toy Story
quote: "I believe God made me for a purpose,
but he also made me fast. And when I run I
feel His pleasure." (Eric Liddell)
Crazy running story: My junior year in high
school, our track team only had five guys.
We ended up winning our state meet against
two teams that each doubled our size.
Other: This is my first year of running
cross country ever. We didn't have a team at
my high school.
Favorite Food: BBQ Pulled
Favorite cross country course:
Haven't ran a college 8k and didn't
particularly enjoy the Kenyon 5k. Favorite
high school cross country course: Toledo
Oregon Clay 5k
Favorite Movie: Monty
Python and the Holy Grail or Toy Story
Favorite Running Quote: "It's rude to
count people as you pass them. Out loud."
Crazy Running Story: In my junior
year of high school, me and 6 or 7 of the
guys on the team entered a forest on a faint
path. After losing the path and searching
for it for 45 minutes, we finally found it
and exited the forest, only to find that the
exit was 50 feet from where we entered.
Other: I ran 1 year of high school cross
country and 2 years of high school track,
mostly due to injuries. In addition, I have
played baseball since I was 5, basketball,
and soccer. Despite having webbed toes, I am
a terrible swimmer.
Complete "Right in Stride with