First of all, congrats to Jamie D. on winning the Mizuno Mezamashii Project shoes! Thank you to everyone who entered. I really wish I could give everyone free shoes. I LOVED reading the Haikus especially. Some of them were pretty hilarious.
Sarah and I have spent a while talking about how we want to run fast this summer. Not fast like 10k fast. Fast like track meet fast.
Which required finding a track meet.
You know...like this one:
So Chiara, Kristina, Sarah and I drove up to Redondo in hopes of track glory. Except the fact that Chiara ran 24 miles that morning (I KNOW...CRAZY!!!), and I had a little too much fun the night before. And by a little I mean a lot. (It was totally worth it).
Surely this can't be where the meet is?
I'm not sure if South Bay track just played an unfunny joke on all of us, but there was no one there. I tried to get some dudes that were playing football to race us in the mile, but to no avail.
So we did what any four totally sane girls would do. We ran a 4x800 anyways.
And instead of passing a baton we high-fived.
Kristina started us off with a solid 2:46 and handed onto Sarah who ran the same time. Both pretty great given that we were randomly time trialing ourselves and this was the first 800 they'd ever run. I don't know what Chiara ran but I'm pretty sure it's faster than anything anyone should run after running 24 miles.
I "anchored" a 2:47 with an 80 second first lap. That's a pretty sorry second lap. I thought it was an ok time given that it's only 2 seconds off my high school PR until I looked up what I ran on McMillan. Turns out...not such a great time comparatively to other distances. But it did lead to a discussion of a new product that could revolutionize the world of running:
HUNGOVER MCMILLAN CALCULATOR!!! Are you listening, Greg?
Not only do I need a hungover McMillan calculator, I need one for being sick, for being tired, overtrained, etc. I'm telling ya, we may have just revolutionized the world of running. Lame excuses now factored into all calculations!
Anyways, we finished up our 4x800 "relay" with a couple laps of a cool down and my lungs were still burning like they haven't in years. It felt good to run a little faster, even if we were just time trialing ourselves.
As we drove back down to the OC, we talked about doing more time trials on Track Party Tuesdays. Which brings me to my next question: Would anyone be interested in participating in an informal track meet? I'd love to put one on if I can figure out the logistics.
I'll make you medals out of construction paper and give you lots of high fives.
Let me know! I'm pretty sure it would be ridiculously fun.