Let's just say I don't have the exact science packing methodology that some of my friends on the team do. My process is "dump in pile and deal with it later".
In the spirit of "So Much Cooler Online", our 12 man team is dressed up as nerds. The Ultra Team I'm on with Sarah, Sarah, Chiara, Pam, and Nicole isn't dressing up. But I got a new computer (well, a "new to me" computer) and it runs on Linux.
So I don't need a damn costume, I'd like to proudly say that I've got that nerd stuff covered!
If you want more details on our relay, check out some of my teammates' blogs!
Main Post: Talent Versus Effort
Long distance running, like most things, is a weird animal. Sometimes people are amazingly fast from the get-go. I remember one of my high school teammates was running sub 5 minute 1600m races her Freshman year by her second track season. While I have no doubt she was a hard worker, there's no doubt in my mind that her great genetics played a part in her performances.
And some people keep making steady progress, like my high school friend Boriana (who I hope doesn't mind me writing about her, is that creepy?), who was always a talented runner, but has made enormous strides as an adult running sub-40 10ks and the like. Her hard work has definitely paid off.
I see this progress a lot in the blogging world as well, especially among marathon running bloggers who slowly but surely subtract a few minutes almost every time they run a marathon.
(I would put Desi Davila into this category. Even though she was a standout in high school, she wasn't a buzz generator. But gradually, she's become someone who is important on the international marathon scene. Pretty cool.)
I think something that often gets lost in the blogging world, is that while hard work pays off, we forget to give credit to our genetics. I know that I can run a sub 4 marathon on pretty much zero training, and it's not because I'm more mentally strong than someone who runs a 5 hour marathon. And it doesn't mean I care less than someone who can easily run a 3:15.
Granted to get to a certain point, you have to have a huge level of dedication. I don't know any woman who can break 18 in the 5k, or 3:00 in a marathon without really trying. Without putting in a high amount of miles, people will never get to a very high level of performance. I assume this is because runners on the national stage have it all: The genetics to run fast, and the drive to run even faster.
What kind of runner do you think you are? Do you feel like you are naturally fast? Improving through a lot of work? A total slacker?
Ok...see you on the flip side of this relay =).