I ran the Don Stoner Invitational this week and in my opinion did pretty well, both individually and as a team – I placed 3rd! Our school got third overall which hasn’t happened in a long time. It looks like practices have been paying off. My times are still not where they were last year but I’m getting close. As long as I peak by the time we get to the State Championship, that’s all that matters!
I ran the Bull Run Invitational at Hereford High School this weekend. This course is one of the hardest courses I have run in my life. Thank goodness it is over, I have been preparing for it mentally all week and was nervous for the results. I ended up getting the best time ever on that course so I was relieved – overall I placed 9th. It’s a preview for the state meet which I plan to be ready for at the end of the season!
I ran the Hood College Blazers Invitational this week and it was one of the flattest courses I’ve ever raced at. I was not happy with my time as I was cramping up during the race – I placed 7th. All of this is just telling me that I need to push harder and endure the pain to reach my goals.
“Mountain Run”, they don’t give it that title for nothing. The hills on this course are serious!!! I came in 4th place which was better than last year. I still need to improve to reach my all time goal … 1st place.
I ran my first meet of the season on Saturday September 6th in temperatures over 93 degrees. Unfortunately, I got off to a slow start and ended up in 7th place. Pretty disappointing, but it is just more motivation to train harder and get better!
Just ran the River Valley Ranch 10K race in beautiful Manchester, Maryland! I wanted to run the 15K race, but we did not get my entry in on time so it was sold out. Great race, ended up winning it with a close finish at the end. Also met a great new friend (Richard Hughes) who gave me some great advice!
I had entered this race with bad man intentions. I knew I had this race in the bag! Since I had won this same race last year, I need to do it a second year in a row! And I did, with a time that I was happy about. When crossing the finish line I had saw the clock and it said 16:30-39, but the chip said I was in the 17s so I knew what I had really deserved.
Ahh first triathlon and wow was that harder than I expected! But I had done it with a close friend and my brother as well. I would have to say… the biking was a killer, who would have thought that would be harder than the swimming portion?!
After the Maryland half marathon I knew I wanted to give 13.1 miles another go! I ended up placing a disappointing third but had gotten a better time than at the last half marathon. I just have to realize that I’m not the best runner yet and I still have lots of work that needs to be done to fully become an elite runner. But I am definitely willing to put the training in! I had learned something today as well; testing other runners for weakness. There was a runner who was behind me and I didn’t even realize it until mile 5 when they popped up right next to me. After getting passed by the first two runners I knew I wasn’t going to let this runner beat me! What I had noticed through mile 5 through 7 is that when there were hills, they would fall behind. Knowing this, I gave every hill 110% in an effort to eventually pull away. As we approached the last mile, my plan worked and I had finished the race in 3rd!
After completing a half marathon as my last race I knew today’s race wouldn’t be so bad! I ran the McVet 10k today and boy was I sore. The second place runner had pushed me up until the 4th mile, I knew I had to break free from him, he was resting on my back the whole time! With 2 miles left I switched gears and left him behind without looking back!