Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Club Cross Country Nationals
Well, it's been a long time since I've posted something, but that doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything. It's been a busy couple of weeks, and many miles have been logged. I first starting writing this post before the USATF Club Cross Country National meet in Bend, Oregon, but now that the meet is over, I'll be entailing a summary of that meet, how the training went, and what lies ahead...
First off, I truly miss and love cross country. It's such a heart pounding, gut retched feeling from start to finish, and a few strides past the finish for some. This year the meet was in Bend, Oregon, which meant a mecca for beer lovers such as myself. This also meant the home of Max King, who would be developing the course and transforming a lovely golf course into a hell bent European style cross country course with some hilly terrain - I was all for it! Club Cross (as it's known to most post-collegiate runners) is usually a reunion type of race, where more than 1000 runners converge onto a city. The reason for this is due to the "Club" mentality and camaraderie of racing together and scoring as a team. Which, by the way, is the first time the Dukes Track Club has sent both a Men's and Women's team. This was a huge highlight for me, and for everyone who raced.
So, to start things off, Phil and I left from Albuquerque after teaching all day at 5:27pm, and got into our rooms in Bend at 1:30am Saturday Morning. We had to fly into Redmond first, then make the short drive to Bend. Luckily, the Men's race didn't start until 12:45pm Saturday afternoon. Well, once we: slept, woke up, get a short morning shake out to the course, and have breakfast, we were all ready to race. The following Men and Women raced:
Well, I took a long break from writing this, so I'll end it quick...
The race was cold and hilly; hilly like a trail race with sharp turns and steep inclines and declines. It was Epic, and I finished 49th. The team finished 26th, which I was happy to have us finally score as a team.
More on training and the USA Half Marathon Championships.