|June 21, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
I am more than a full 24 hours in to my 48 hour running hiatus, and I already feel like it was the best decision ever.
I also feel like it was the best decision ever to leave my running shoes and garmin at my desk last night, so this morning when I got the urge to lace up, I was shoe-blocked.
Instead of running, I headed to the gym and spent a sunshine filled morning sweating it out on the elliptical and lifting heavy objects, I believe some people call them weights, I don’t know, it’s been a while. ‘
Between the early morning run urges and the dreadful time on the elliptical, I can already tell that 48 hours is going to be more than enough time for me to spend away from running. I also know that taking a break was the right thing. My body is breathing a big sigh of relief for the gift of a couple impactless days so it can regroup, recharge and get ready to rock again.
You know what else is good for a break from running?
Preferably in the quantity of one roll for every mile you are skipping for the day. When you’re in the middle of a high mileage week like I was, this makes for a positively delightful evening of carbs.
Okay, so lesson of the day: rest=good. Sushi=also good.
Another, very, very good thing?
I have a lot to do before then. Including: procuring a dress to wear to the Friday night Oiselle Fashion Show featuring MC Hammer . I’m not quite sure what to sport in a room full of elite athletes and running models that will make me look not terrible, but I’m on a mission to find it. OUaL suggested a muumuu.
Another item on the HugeEug To Do list: finding a cheertastic way around Hayward’s no cowbell policy.
If anyone has any suggestions on how to arm these two trials cheerleaders with something that doesn’t qualify as a “noisemaker”, let us know. We’d like to stand out, without getting kicked out.
For some people, unfortunately not including me, #TotallyTrials kicks off TODAY.
The first event on the schedule is the Hammer Throw, or, appropriately titled for the Oiselle/MC Hammer partyay: Hammertime.
While I love the blood, sweat and tears that fill every raw moment of competition during trials, and the actual olympics, it’s the stories behind the athletes that really get me worked up. The ones that NBC plays, with silly sad video montages and sappy music, and interviews with teary moms about how the athlete overcame near-death and poverty to pursue their Olympic Dreams. Gets me every time.
Today’s HammerTime has a few athletes worth watching.
While the women’s match seems to be pretty locked up by three seriously strong ladies who all achieved the ‘A’ standard (meaning someone would have to both beat them and throw the same qualifying distance in order to unseat them for a spot on the team) there are still a number of inspirational athletes showing up in Beaverton today.
First, Keelin Godsey, another New Englander and NESCAC competitor (which obviously wins over my Green Mountain/Middlebury heart) and transgender athlete, who identifies as a man, but is considered a woman by IOC and IAAF standards.
(I get all warm and fuzzy inside when D-III athletes are competing for spots on the Olympic team. My D-III swim team is sending two (but not in swimming) all the way to London. Take that, Division 1)
Godsey is the first American to ever openly identify as a transgender while pursuing a spot on the US Olympic Team, and just barely threw the qualifying distance in April of this year. Sports Illustrated published a great article on transgender athletes that included some interesting background on his athletic career.
In the men’s race to hammer it out in London, two competitors (A.G. Kruger and Kibwe Johnson) are the only two have reached the ‘A’ standard (or even close to it) so are pretty much wearing their London uniforms to the meet today, but a couple other guys are worth checking out, including:
Travis Nutter. Travis has come SUPERCLOSE to qualifying for the Olympics twice before (first in ‘04 and then in ‘08) and decided to call it quits and retire his hammer for good after a tragically disappointing 4th place finish in 2008.
BUT THEN he was in a car accident that left him feeling lucky to be alive and decided he had “unfinished business” re: his Olympic dreams. So, he’s back and teaching us all to chase our big dreams while we’re around to do the chasing. I’m rooting for you, Nutter!
Check out the full schedule for track trials here, and buckle up, friends, it’s going to be a totally fun ten days of #totallytrials!