I just got back from working my first soccer match since last October. This was my first time working a Tennessee high school match, and it went rather well. The field was a muddy mess, especially on the AR2 sideline I was on. I almost lost my shoes three separate times when I planted my heel and the suction from the mud almost pulled them off as I was running to keep up with play.
Speaking of running, being in shape makes a world of difference. The mud and the uneven footing made running while keeping an eye on play difficult. There were several points during the game where I took an awkward step and felt a pull or tweak—but it didn’t really bother me. I realized that had this been five months and 30 pounds ago, I would have likely been injured at some point during this game.
Excellent. Must. Keep. Running.