A week in the office

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Wisconsin women's soccer head coach Paula Wilkins checks in weekly updating fans on the women's soccer team, what's going on in Madison and other tidbits. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates.

It has been a very productive week in the office for me. It has been very quiet with both my assistants out of town, but my staff assistants, Sue and Lori, have kept me entertained all week (along with the World Cup).

The World Cup has been fantastic, and you have to assume the second round games will be more entertaining as teams have to get results. I was shocked, as everyone was, to see Spain lose to Switzerland but that truly is the nature of our sport.

I complain a lot about being on the road, but after being in the office this week, I am excited to go to the Wisconsin State High School Championships in Milwaukee. I love watching any type of championship because they always seem to produce such great emotional responses from players.

It is great to watch players battle when there is something on the line. It is also entertaining to watch the players pace the sidelines making comments about the game and especially about the refereeing. I am hoping for good weather and some entertaining matches.

I can't believe preseason and our first preseason match are less than 2 months away. Preseason is like Christmas for me, as the first few days are so exciting to see where the returning players are in their training, and where the new players might fit into the line-up.

The most exciting part of preseason is when a returning player has made big gains in some area of play over the summer from their training. As I have told all of my players, there is no substitution for hard work. It is very evident in the first few days of preseason who did their work over the summer.

Many of our players are playing in the W-League and the WPSL this summer. I love Monday mornings, as I come into the office and check the scores of all of their teams. I have finally gotten smart enough to add all of their teams to my favorites, so I don't have to spend half the morning "Googling" all of them.

Well, I don't have much to say this week, as it has been a week of mostly paper work and e-mails. I have 460.35 miles to go to complete my journey back home.

I made a major dent in the run this past weekend, and I am hoping to get over half way by my birthday. I think it is a very obtainable goal. I have found the fitter I get, the more I want to run. I realized I just have to get over that initial hump when I get out of shape.

The World Cup games have helped, as I do most of my runs during the games. It motivates me to run when I watch them sprinting.

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