Regionals + not a miler??

This week was SOL week, so I only had school for three hours a day almost the entire week!

Anyway, the conjunctivitis led to or happened because of or coincidentally occurred at the same time as intense headaches.  I was in a lot of pain from Friday until Tuesday.  On Tuesday, I took an Excedrin after days of ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and Dayquil/Nyquil made no dent in the knife-sharp pain behind my left eye and forehead.  45 minutes after I took Excedrin, boom.  Gone.  Headache= no ache.

Doctor’s diagnosis? Migraines!!

My runs last weekend were total crap because I still had conjunctivitis and a headache, and I had to do a workout on Tuesday by myself with a headache.  Suffice to say my training and body condition leading up to regionals were not the greatest.

Thursday was the 4×8.  We were running our “A” team, so there was a good chance of us doing really well.  Unfortunately, two other really good schools were also running their “A” team, so we were seeded third.  Our coach switched around the order to see if the change would make us run differently (i.e. faster), and it worked because….

WE RAN A SCHOOL RECORD BY TEN SECONDS!!

I ran second and got the baton from my teammate who ran a huge leg (2 second PR) to put us in first.

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I totally look like a rat in that second picture but that’s okay, just focus on my leg muscle 😉

I maintained the lead for about 600 meters of my leg, but the 2:12 girl from one of the fast schools and the 2:13 girl from the other fast school caught up to and passed me.  I tried to hold on for dear life and managed to stay right behind one of them.   I ran a 2:21, which is a PR for me!! I handed off to my teammate, and she got us back securely into second (there was no way she could catch the first girl, who is like fourth in the nation or something).  Our anchor got the baton at least eight seconds behind #1 and she went HAM.  She acted like she was running a 400!  Her first lap was a 62 or 63, something ridiculous, and she caught up to the school in first!  We were all going crazy at that point at the prospect of winning a regional championship against a team that had won three national titles.  Unfortunately, the other team’s anchor was quite strong (and she hadn’t gone out in a 63), so she was able to pull away for a four-second win.  We finished in 9:08 which if I say so myself is a freaking ridiculous time.  Our anchor had split a 2:11, which was the fastest split out of anybody that day, including Miss Fourth in the Nation.  To win, she would’ve had to run a 2:07, so we were all extremely happy with second!!

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I’m quite content with being the fastest slowest leg in the history of our school 😉

None of my 4×8 teammates were running open events on Friday because of prom, so it was just us four “underclassmen.” (Juniors are upperclassmen, but my coach refers to everyone who isn’t a senior as underclassmen.  It’s very annoying.)  I was running the mile with my other teammate whose goal was to qualify for states.  On the other hand, I personally had no goal.  Also, my legs were tired.  Also, I honestly didn’t care if I PR-ed or not.  Clearly, I should have taken these signs into account and known that it would probably not be a good race… and it wasn’t.  We went through the 800 at 2:38 and, feeling that my legs were tired from the 4×8, I completely gave up mentally.  I ended up finishing in 5:21 or some meaningless time like that.  My teammate finally got the auto in 5:11, though!! She’s a beast.

Time for some self-pep talk.  I just have to accept the fact that the mile may not be for me!  I’m a freaking beast at the two mile, yes I am.  I’ve dropped FORTY SECONDS over the course of a year.  That’s literally 200 meters.  I can now run 3200 meters in the time that it took me to run 3000 meters last year.  Forty seconds!! That’s freaking incredible.  And I’m good at the 800.  So what if the 1600 busts my ass every time?  Who cares???? The 800 and the 3200 are better.  They’re just better!  Time to reset for states.

I CAN DO IT.

🙂

 

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Conferences and Conjunctivitis

What a week! As you can probably tell from the title of this post, it’s had its ups and downs.

Let’s start with the good-ish.  Tuesday and Wednesday consisted of our conference meet!  (Sorry, no pictures)

All seven of us varsity distance girls were entered in three events: either the 4×800, mile and two mile, or the mile, 800, and 4×400.  I was one of the 4×800, mile, two mile girls.

Tuesday was the 4×800, along with some field events and sprints prelims.  We weren’t running our fastest 4 girls, so we didn’t have an assured win. We thought we could still beat the school seeded second, though, because our combined times added up about eight seconds faster than their season best.

I was the leadoff leg.  The gun went off and I ran a pretty good leg to put us just behind the second-seeded school.  My time when I handed off to my teammate was 2:22 which is technically a PR, but I handed off before the “finish line” because the exchange zone starts at the arrows.  So technically my leg was like 795 meters… I’m still calling it 😉  Our #2 put us in first for a bit, but the other school’s girl had a great kick to reclaim first.  Our third leg (who was our fastest girl in the relay) got off to a good start to put us back in first but the girl from the other school stepped on her shoe and it came off with 600 to go! She ran 3/4 of the race with one shoe but still managed to run 2:21 and give us about a 20 meter lead.  Our final leg ran solidly as well, but the other school’s anchor went out in a freaking 61 (and came back in a 74, but you can’t make up a 61).  The other team had beaten their season best by 10 seconds, so I’m not too upset that we didn’t win.

The next day was the mile and the two mile.  We were seeded 1-2-3-4-6-7-8 in the mile!  Obnoxious of us, I know.  Plus, girls 1-4 had already qualified for regionals, so our school basically stole 4 of the 6 available regional spots for no good reason.  Other than points, I mean.

The mile was definitely tough for me at least.  The pre-race strategy for our top four girls was “Let seed #5 do all the work and pass her at the end.”  Mine was “hang with them for as long as possible.”  We passed the 800 at 2:37-2:38, on pace for a PR for me.  My legs started feeling it at that point, so I dropped back from the top five a bit.  I knew I had to get sixth place, so I hung on as best I could and ran a PR of 5:18.08.  A tiny PR, I know, and I thought I’d gotten the time qual of 5:17.84, but at least I qualified place-wise!  My teammates finished 1-2-3-4 in a strategic race. 5:11, 5:11, 5:11, 5:12.  We ended up finishing 1-2-3-4-6-8! (our seventh girl scratched)  We scored 29 points in the girl’s mile alone and went from losing by 28 points to winning by 1!

The two mile strategy was completely different from my mile strategy.  All I needed to do was score points, not get a good time, so I let two of my teammates battle it out with one other girl (the same girl who had been the #5 seed in the mile) while I used everyone else in the race to pull me along and then went for it with 400m to go.  It was actually so fun because I knew I wasn’t working as hard as everyone else in the race.  With 400 to go, I passed all the girls I’d been using and closed at least 5 seconds faster than any of them. 🙂  My time was somewhere around 11:35, but who cares?

I had a ton of homework, so I only got five hours of sleep Wednesday night.  My eye had been bothering me since Tuesday, but I thought it might just be undiagnosed allergies.  Thursday night, I sucked it up and went to Urgent Care, where I was diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis.  Greeeeeeaaaat.  I didn’t go to school Friday and skipped the speed workout.

My eye and head both hurt a lot, and I have multiple long papers to write this weekend.  Catch ya later!

Finally posting again!

Phew! These past few weeks have been full of the SAT, track meets, papers, IB exams and other tests, etc.  Sorry I haven’t posted– I just haven’t had any time!

Here’s a quick recap of my life the last few weeks:

  • I took the SAT! *groan*
  • The same day I took the SAT, I raced the two mile.  My brain was totally fried and we raced really late, but I still got my season goal of sub- 11:20! I went through the first mile in 5:37 right behind my teammate and another girl.  They started to speed up because their goal was closer to 11 flat, so I just tried to hang on.  I finished in a PR of 11:19My teammate won and our speedy freshman ran a 2o second PR and finished close behind me to qualify for states! Cray.
The race photographer stopped after the slow two mile heat (!!!!) so here's a screenshot of a video instead

The race photographer stopped taking pictures after the slow two mile heat (!!!!) so here’s a screenshot of a video instead

  • Hard workouts from the past few weeks include 8x400m between 74-79, 3x1000m/4x200m, and the never-ending 3x800m relay workout (2:36, 2:45, 2:50. Very hot!).  Can you tell we are tapering?
  • Quad meet to try for some regional autos…too bad you can’t get regional autos in a meet with less than ten teams! C’mon VHSL.  I still split a 63 in a 4×400, so that was nice 😉
  • IB Economics exam last week, which meant I only went to school for less than 90 minutes on both Monday and Tuesday
  • Hot weather meant early morning workouts! Not that I don’t wake up at 5:30 anyway, #lightsleeperproblems
  • Unnecessary milkshakes/froyo/French bread
  • But I did counteract it with salads…
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I went a little crazy at Whole Foods…there’s a mountain of spinach under there as well

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  • Mother’s Day!  We went for a family hike including the dog
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He was pretty excited to be there

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  • I tried my hand at being social for once… pizza and s’mores with some friends last night!
People always confuse us for each other

People always confuse us for each other

Life has been pretty crazy lately, but summer is only a month away!  My friends won’t shut up about SATs and college, and it’s driving me insane.  I honestly like talking to parents about college more than my friends because at least the adults make it about you and not a competition.  With friends, it’s more like, “What subject tests are you taking/I’m going to apply Early Decision here even though they’ve never accepted anyone from our school ever so basically I’m better/what do you mean you can’t take the SAT in June what are you going to do/I feel guilty because I’ll get into a better school than my sister/I’m also going to take the ACT/you don’t know what you’re writing your Extended Essay on yet??/wow/this is so not a competition but it actually so is.”

Great way to end a post.  Cheerio!