As is life, OC Champs went well for some and was more challenging for others. We can take the lessons learned, the ups and downs, and use them to our advantage in the future.
The forecast of cool temperatures was instead replaced with mid 70s and a bit of wind. Not horrible conditions, but not great either.
The Racers of the Meet award has to go to Marley and Chandler. Both athletes inserted themselves into positions to go for wins, and while neither won their races, they pr'd (Marley at 2:30 in the 800 and Chandler at 5:17 in the 1600 along with an 11:29 in the 3200) and gained valuable experience at, or near, the front of the pack.
Amber, McKenna, and Haleigh are still feeling the effects of the Coachella weekend, but all three still showed up to race. It says a lot, especially for the seniors, that they are still putting it on the line when it would be much easier to throw in the towel. I'm pretty sure these ladies are psyched to finish strongly at prelims and finals!
In the 1600, Nicole gained more experience in the invitational setting. Getting stuck behind a stampede of 30 runners makes it difficult to get into a rhythm. Get out strong and fast!
In the Varsity 800, Marina battled through a tough crowd, and not feeling her best, to get close to her pr from last year. Not a bad race, but her expectations are on another level now and she'll be looking to get some revenge at league prelims and finals.
Sara was burdened with the last race of the day, at least for our group, and ran 12:08 in the 3200, a time which she would have been more than happy with last year, but this isn't last year. Sara's expectations, like Marina's, are much higher now and I can't wait to see what happens at league finals.
On a final OC Champs note, a Team Spirit award has to go to Brittany, Mia, and Nicole for coming/staying to support their teammates. At the end of the day, personal relationships are really what life is all about, and as an added bonus, they got to witness some really good races!
Now to change gears, this week's volume will be less than previous weeks, but we will have two more tough workouts. Rest, and proper nutrition, will be very important as we get closer to prelims and finals. We want you feeling fresh and sharp when you get to the starting line.
Training Plan 4/25-5/8