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September 12, 2007

CROSS COUNTRY

What first? I feel like I've got so much to say (who does that not surprise???)

First things first. I finally went to the D-O-C-T-O-R. Yuck. Not only do they take my money but then they poke and prode...and well, I just hate going to the doc. But, I did and he diagnosed me with a sinus infection. Yahoo for not being contigous!!! 10 days of antibiotics, cough syrup, and nose spray and I should be 100%. Since this is my first ever full-fledged sinus infection (ie, diagnosed by a doc and not by the internet), I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the wisdom teeth I had yanked out a few months ago. Geez, I hope this is not a glimpse of things to come....BUT, I'm better and that's all that matters, right?

Second. Last night I volunteered again to be a course monitor for the WRHS Cross Country meets. Last year, I only volunteered for the region meets so I was totally shocked when I got there and there were bus loads and bus loads of kids EVERYWHERE. I love volunteering for this stuff because I feel like running is the only sport that requires discpline. I know baseball/football/soccer/etc fans will disagree with me. But I don't care. It's my opinion. [Note: I started to give a whole elaboration on why I think running is the best sport ever, but then realized that most of you reading this probably agree with me, so I just left it at "it's my opinion"...followed by a nanny-nanny-boo-boo]. At any rate, the high school girls went first. And it seemed like there were HUNDREDS of them. They just kept coming and coming and coming. I saw Jack's daughter (although with her dyed red hair I didn't realize it was her until it was over with! Congrats on 2nd place!). I saw Nicki's daughter giving it everything she had (Nicki, her daughter, and son compete and place regularly in local races...and I think that's awesome!). I saw alot of kids I recognized from last year but didn't know there names. And there were other co-workers of mine with kids out there but there were so many of them I didn't get a good look at everyone! And besides that, I was in the "drop zone" behind the playground. I kiddingly call it that because after the first lap it seemed that some of the girls were so dehydrated and they were literally dropping like flies as they came around my area. I think it was because I was just at the crest of a hill, or maybe it's because they knew to my left was a registered nurse and to my right was a paramedic! At any rate, at least 5 dropped from dehydration/exhaustion right there in front of me! The highschool boys went next and as always, they truly amaze me with their speed. Only one boy went down in my area and that was from a pulled muscle. After that, the middle schoolers went and to see these kids AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE giving it everything they had put a big smile on my face. I can only hope that my kid(s) will be so discplined and excited about running! Towards the end, I could see the kids were tired and wanted to just quit and some had such a look of disappointment on their face. I just wanted to run up to them and tell them what an inspiration they are to me. That they have done more at their age then I had done the entire time I was in highschool. And how proud I was of them. I just wanted to give them all a pat on the back and tell them way to hustle and that getting stronger comes with time, so don't give up. But I didn't, but I hope that someone out there did! Anyway, I have such a good time cheering these kids on and can't wait for the next one!

But, being there meant I missed the speed workout with the local running club. But never fear, the new and improved Amy is here! (I'm sure t-roi will make fun of me for that statement...). I got up this morning and headed over to the local college track and got my speed on. I started with a positive attitude and a good night's sleep. And followed with a 800 warmup, followed by 4 x 800's with a recovery lap in between. AND I DIDN'T EVEN STOP AFTER THE FIRST LAP FOR A LITTLE WALK BREAK!!!!! I completed all the 800's without stopping! By the last 800 I could tell that things were getting easier. And I know in the weeks to come it will get easier and easier!


800 warmup - 5:35
1st 800 - 2:03/2:02 total 4:05
2nd 800 - 2:00/2:00 total 4:00
3rd 800 - 1:59/2:02 total 4:03
4th 800 - 2:05/2:03 total 4:08

Have a great week!

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