Some of you may be thinking this is a post for us moms who have to get up early on a Saturday to go to our kid’s soccer match. You know the visual, the mom who slides the door of her minivan open to reveal 4 jovial young children who jump out of the vehicle and onto the field. Cute image, but this is not it. This post is about another type of soccer mom.
Here I am, a 36-year-old wife and mother, who has since taken a five-year sabbatical from competitive football. My weekends of matches and pub crawls have been replaced with little kid birthdays and my son’s own soccer games. I’m completely fine with the new end-of-the-week transformation, but what I have missed is some form of football fun. And then the moment I have been waiting for came to our television sets in June. YES, I am talking about the World Cup (clapping my hands)! I have been obsessed with this event ever since! I yell at the TV for the players to move the ball or scream when a goal is nearly missed. My husband has told me on several occasions that I can be heard outside and the neighbors will think I’m being murdered (oh well). I wear soccer shirts and “indoors” (soccer flats) around the house all the time. I have a soccer ball in the breeze way of the house, and yes, I play with it, often. I actually chant the words “ole, ole” when I’m making dinner. Yup, I think I got the fever. Not just any little sickness fever, I’m talking about the football fever! (Itch) The first weekend of the World Cup I remember impulsively turning to my computer, clicking on Facebook (itch, itch) and making the announcement that I will be starting a league (ahh, that’s better). Step one is complete and now for my next step, to train.
Thank God for my Runit sisters! They have really helped me with my running game which I feel is the hardest part of conditioning. I started to sprinkle some soccer training elements into my workouts to help with my endurance out on the field.
Some of my soccer training consists of:
1) A good paced 1 to 2 mile run.
2) Road side Calisthenics (high-knees, kick-backs, low-lunges and jump-ups).
3) A mix of hill training and/or wind-sprints (Dear Massaco Street, I will own you by the end of the summer!)
So far I have had two Thursday sessions at the park. Each one has only produced a couple of people, but I am very confident that as the summer picks up, so will the players out on the field.
My ten highlights of playing soccer again:
1) The smell of fresh cut grass.
2) Practicing just two minutes from my home.
3) Kicking the ball around with an old high school and soccer teammate of mine (the last time we did that was twenty years ago).
4) Playing with the beautiful music of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra that practices just across the park!
5) The feel of the ball at my feet.
6) Watching my brother do his sit-ups, a lot (I set a rule that if you miss a goal you will do either 10 sit-ups or push-ups).
7) Having Sarah call me a “bad ass” (rock hands).
8) Seeing the sun go down over the Simsbury hillside.
9) The swish of the grass as I run.
10) Meeting someone new (who heard about the pick-up session from a mutual friend) and I found out that she is a mom who loves soccer as much as I do!
I canceled this week’s pick-up due to the 4th of July (Happy Independence Day everyone!), but I can’t wait to get back on the pitch again. Even as I write this post, I’m (yup, you guessed it) watching the World Cup (Argentina vs Switzerland) and hanging on to every play, every pass that is kicked, every goal that may go in, but the funny thing is, I don’t feel itchy anymore? Maybe it is because I have started my own soccer journey again, now, as a mom…as a soccer mom.
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