Season opener: 4×8 and 800

Last Saturday was the first meet of the season for me.  After a long, tough workout on Wednesday [4x(1200, 400)], my legs were pretty dead, so I wasn’t really expecting anything from these races.  Our goal for the 4×8 was to qualify for states (9:43) and maybe make the Penn Relays qualifier if we had a good day (9:40).

I woke up on Saturday and ate oatmeal with apples, cinnamon, and almond butter for breakfast.  The 4×800 was at 10 am, and we got to the meet at 8:30.  The temperature was perfect (about 60 degrees), but the wind was blowing pretty hard, which would make for challenging turns.

Even though I’m no longer the fastest leg of the 4×8, I still like anchoring, so I was the fourth leg.  Our first leg led off with a 2:25 to put us in the top 4.  Our second leg (a sophomore) ran a great 2:21 to give us a solid lead!  Our third leg ran 2:24-2:25 to increase our lead to about 9 seconds.  I got the baton and ran a decent leg (2:25ish) to solidify the win, a state auto, and a Penn Relays qualifying time of 9:36!  I felt fine when I crossed the line, so clearly I didn’t run hard enough 😉

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Even though my split was the same, our 4×8 time was 12 seconds faster than last year at this meet (with the same four girls).  Yay for progress!

The girls running the 800 had a few hours until the open 800, so we hung out on the very sunny bleachers, ate applesauce, and watched two of our teammates run the mile.  For the open 800, two of us were in the first heat (I was seeded 7th).  My goal was to have a stronger second lap and run faster than a 2:25.

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The race went out really fast (33), which some girls can keep up but I certainly cannot!  I was at the back of the pack as we entered the second lap (first lap was a 71).

IMG_5246My second lap felt faster than the 4×8 leg had, but I still only ran a 75 to finish in 2:26.  Missed my goal of 2:24 but I’m not too broken up about it.  I passed two girls and no one passed me on the last lap, so overall I finished eighth.

Last night, we found out that both our girls’ and boy’s 4x800s made the cut for Penn Relays!

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What even is the 800?

Well, the 800 state auto didn’t happen today!  To be honest, I wasn’t even close.

 

Wind and I are not friends

Wind and I are not friends

Last night, our varsity squad threw an impromptu pasta dinner at one of the boys’ houses, and as a result I didn’t get to bed until 11:30.  That never happens, especially not on race nights.  I’m such a grandma that I’m in bed by 10:30 even on weekends.

I woke up at 6:30 this morning for no particular reason and couldn’t go back to sleep.  We left around 8:30 and got to the meet at 9.  It was windy and cold, not ideal racing weather.  I was running the anchor leg of the 4×800, so whereas people who ran the first leg got to get it over with and throw their sweats back on, us poor anchors had to stand in our uniforms for three times as long and shiver…

Anyway, we ended up running completely alone out front and winning by like 25 seconds.  As a result of the lack of competition, my split was not quite where I was hoping; my first lap was a 71 and my second was a 74 (2:25).  But two of my teammates blasted their PRs by five seconds!

We won!

We won! Also, I can’t take normal pictures

The open 800 was about three hours after the 4×8, so we hung around, ate many carbs, foam rolled, and listened to music.  We got to see two of our girls go 1-2 in the mile, shatter both their PRs, and qualify for states along with one of our boys!

By the time the 800 rolled around, we weren’t really in the mood to race, especially when we realized that our ditsy head coach had entered all three of us with very slow times, so we ended up in the second fastest heat.  Damn.

Instead of splitting it up into two 400s, our coach told us to think of the race in terms of 500, 300.  It seemed to work because I won the heat (2:25 again).  It was even windier than the 4×8 and I literally staggered down the home stretch. It was one of the most painful finishes I can remember. D: I’m not thrilled with my times, but it’s okay.  I’ll just put in more work, keep doing all the little things, and what comes is what comes.

I have run 3 800s within the past 3 meets (states and today) which is more than I ran in a year.  What??

After we left the meet, I ate pancakes for lunch that were two times the size of my head!

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Much butter. Many carbs.

Oh yeah, and I made triple chocolate cookies yesterday morning before school.  NBD.

Tomorrow I get to get up at 6 am to go downtown and be my mom’s cheerleader as she runs a ten-miler.  Fun fact: she’s never run ten miles before.  We’ll see how it goes. 😉

 

Outdoor track goals

As a quick recap, here’s a general summary of what my indoor season looked like, along with my previous PRs:

Mile: PR before indoor- 5:32
5:27
5:27
5:19

Two mile: PR before indoor- 11:59
12:02
11:36
11:28

800: PR before indoor- 2:29
2:23

Outdoor track goals 2014

On my “Goals” page, the goals I made for this season back in August are sub-2:25, 5:18, and 11:30.  I clearly did not expect the time drops that have occurred over the past few months, and I’m really, really happy with my times right now.  Time to edit those goals!

New goals: sub- 2:20 800.  I actually don’t care if I achieve this one or not because I’ve always considered myself to be more of a mile/two mile girl.  Who knows if I’ll even run 800s this spring?  Although I think I’m running a 4×8 in two weeks; obviously I won’t be in sub-2:20 shape by then considering that we haven’t even started doing workouts yet.  But if I run the 800 later in the season, that’s the time goal.

sub-5:15 mile: I really want to see what I can do in the mile this spring.  My 5:19 back in January was completely unprecedented, but it psyched me up for outdoor!  However, I don’t know how much more time I can drop, so I’m hoping five seconds is the way to go.

sub-11:20 two mile: Again, I don’t know how much more time I can drop, since 31 seconds came off in the span of one season.  But it would be so nice to be in the teens!