Monday Motivation: Coach Lindsay Moskalick of Chesterton HS

(The Lady Trojans after their 3rd place finish in the Bob Thomas Invitational on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of Coach Moskalick)

Welcome back to the "Monday Motivation" series. We invite coaches around the state to give insight into their teams recent performances and have them relay messages that they have shared with their teams at various points in the season.

This week's piece comes from Chesterton girls head coach Lindsay Moskalick. The Trojans placed 3rd at the Bob Thomas Invitational on September 10th. They are gearing up for the upcoming New Prairie Invite where the Semi-State also takes place for the Northwest teams.

First, a look into the coaching background of Coach Moskalick.

I started my coaching career in 2008 at Crown Point High School where I was the assistant girls cross country/track coach and the head coach from 2014-2016. I had the opportunity to coach girls like Hannah Wylie (xc/track), Maddie Russin (xc/track) and Kristen LaCrosse (track). My personal coaching goal was to always make my way back to Chesterton High School where I began my running career. I've been coaching at Chesterton High School since 2018. Since becoming the head coach, I've been able to bring my best friend and former teammate on staff: Nicole Hartford. A head coach needs a great assistant coach and that is something I'm lucky to have! Last year, the Lady Trojans finished 3rd in the state finals, which they haven't done since 2003 when the team finished State Runner-Up.

And below, a message from Coach Moskalick for this week's Monday Motivation:

Hello fellow cross country enthusiasts! This past weekend the Lady Trojans competed at the Bob Thomas Invite held at Lowell High School.  For the past two years, we've used this race as an opportunity to give some of our runners the experience of running in a varsity race while our top girls use the race as a workout.  Why you might ask? I've been running since I was 12 years old (over 26 years). I've had success at the high school (Chesterton High School) and college level (Indiana University). During my time on the cross country team in high school we raced every weekend and had Tuesday meets.  It turned into a lot of racing! While in college I learned the importance of racing every other week or every 2 weeks. There is a reason for this.  Our bodies can only race at such a high level so many times. Through the years, I've learned that female runners can handle around 6-8 races. So, that is why we use some races as workouts while providing opportunities for other girls on the team. With that being said, it was a successful weekend for us. Those who had the opportunity to run in the varsity race found themselves running season best times. While teammates who were doing a workout were able to help and encourage their teammates to a SB as they were running alongside them. It was awesome to watch as a coach! 

This upcoming weekend is a big race in the NWI - The New Prairie Invite. This is one of our main races for the regular season. Leading up to the race our motivation as a team is extremely high. We know that this is our last big regular season meet before our conference. The goal is to run fast, get experience on the sectional/semi-state course, and have fun. This meet is a preview of our New Prairie Semi-State, so it will be exciting to see how everyone does!

Coaches and athletes, my advice to you at this point in the season is simple - have fun!  I think we sometimes forget this part of running. Running is meant to be fun. Racing is meant to be fun. I find myself saying to my athletes that having a bad race or workout is not the end of the world. In fact, it's the bad workouts and bad races that make us better. Each race is a learning experience. Reflect on what went well, what could have gone better, and what you want to accomplish in the next race. 

Lastly, good luck to all coaches and athletes the rest of this season. Those athletes who have a few weeks left in their season - make it count and finish with no regrets. Those continuing onto the postseason, remember the hay is in the barn, and all of the summer miles and training you've done up to this point will be worth it. Take care of yourself and have fun!

I love to talk about anything running! Coaches and athletes, please feel free to reach out to me at lmoskalick@duneland.k12.in.us

Stride On! 


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