Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chasing ponytails

Last Friday night, for the first time in 11+ years, I drug my rusty old legs to the track and raced a leg of a 4x8 for charity. That would be 24 hours after I toed the line to this race

The relay was for charity, there wasn't a lot of pressure on, and I honestly no longer had any idea how to race an 800. Back in the day my method was to eat as much candy as possible beforehand and just try to keep it down afterwards. Still a reigning champ at that.


At my best in HS, if my memory serves me correctly, I split a 2:27 in the 8. Not terrible, but no where near what the real speedsters were running. Basically I was decent enough to earn myself a spot in the slow heat of the varsity 800 where my goal always was not to finish last.
Succeeded most of the time.

Before heading to this charity track meet, I decided that I would just chase the ponytail half my age and hold on as long as I could. Seemed like a good plan until I rounded the turn for the last 300 meters where my hamstrings and lungs started to burn and the young thing started to pull away from me effortlessly.

Young legs, oh how I miss thee.


I think that my favorite part about this pic is that the high schooler (most likely half my age) looks like she is out for a walk in the park. Relaxed, focused, and not even breathing with her mouth open. And I am over striding while holding quite a bit of tension in my shoulders, neck, and face. 
All just to keep pace with her.

Needless to say, this tiny gal schooled me.
But, the legs still got some speed.

Ended up splitting 2:30 flat in the 800.
Guess these ole legs still got a little sumpin sumpin.

21 comments:

  1. "Young legs, oh how I miss thee." Nice. But you look like you're keeping pace with that girl in the picture!

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  2. You are amazing! And that shirt?? I haven't seen it there!

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  3. GREAT job girl! You are such an inspiration!

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  4. You look awesome and you are hanging right with those youngsters!

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  5. A charity track meet? That sounds sooo fun!! Way to go with that 2:30!

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  6. Nice job on the 800 and keeping up with that ponytail! I hated the 800 in high school! I think my coach made me run it once.

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  7. The future has so much promise! heck, at that age, i was slamming mountain dews and playing video games all night with my friends. I don't think I could have even run 800m.

    Great job on the 800s!!

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  8. FIERCE! I was chasing my own ginger ponytail at Bastille (Sara's), so we're twinsies.

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  9. 2:30?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!
    But there is no bicycle in the picture?!?!!?!?!

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  10. Ditto to what Quinton said! I couldn't do a 2:30 in high school, let alone now. Nice job!

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  11. This is so cool! I would love to hear more about the track meet. What a fun idea.

    Hee hee. This makes me happy I didn't run in high school, so I have nothing to compare to. Although, you are still so damn fast!

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  12. I'd be far behind your ponytail if I ran that :) 2:30 is awesome and I bet you made her a little scared!

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  13. Nice job! And those are some great track pics. Awesome that you got to take a spin on ole track.

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  14. This sounds like so much fun! Maggie and I did a virtual race during the Olympics that focused on some track events and I had so much fun out there seeing what I could do. (Used to be able to do a 62-64sec 400m... I was content with my 80sec 400m that day.) I'm totally jealous of your track experience. That young girl does look like she is just out for a leisurely jog. Lol. Oh youth!

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    1. We should plan our own track meet. Maybe a blogger track meet :) Just for funsies.

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  15. I think you look just as relaxed as she does. I'm sure she was feeling the same agony!

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  16. The aviators really complete the look. Top Gun style cool. What a great style.

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  17. Way to kick it! I haven't been to the track since the high school days.

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