It’s been a week of time trials! After the Bike TT Saturday, we were surprised with a TT Run on Wednesday. 1 mile (4 laps), as fast as you can!
6 or 7 of us that showed up to practice at Lake Washington High School. Amy was feeling a little under the weather, so we went at pretty different paces for the warm up laps. I was feeling pretty good and was ready to push myself.
We all lined up at the start with Coach Cathy on the clock. “GO!” she said and we all took off. I was surprised to find myself in second place after half a lap. The girl in front of me was setting a good pace and I didn’t feel winded, so I kept about 1/8 lap behind her.
About 2 1/2 laps into the mile, my lungs and legs started to burn. I was still pushing pretty hard but I was starting to think I wouldn’t make it at this pace. Then, I saw Coach Cathy running by the opposite direction. “Wow!” she said, “You’ve got really good running form!” Breathing too hard to reply I thought “I’ve had good coaching!”
With a bit of an ego boost I managed to make it around another 1/2 lap, keeping a pretty steady pace. With only 1 lap to go I noticed the girl in front of me pulling away.
“Nope, too soon for me!” I thought. I finally made it to 3 1/2 laps and felt it was time to finish strong. I leaned over more to let gravity pull me faster and quickened my pace for a sprint to the finish.
“8:55” Cathy shouted as I crossed the finish line. “8:55? I haven’t done that since high school!” I said as Cathy hi-fived me. I walked over to my water bottle and turned around to see Amy crossing the line at 10:15. Not bad for someone who wasn’t feeling 100%.
Amy and I walked around the track on a cool down lap, but I was feeling a little jittery, so I ran the next lap. I finally got to feel “Runners High” I’ve heard all about. It’s very addictive, and I was really looking forward to the run Saturday!