Oiselle-palooza and Tracktown Movie!
Day 5 of the USATF Olympic Trials schedule is an off day so, instead of track action, we had some park action! The wonderful women of The Nest (Oiselle HQ) planned Oiselle-palooza for us in Armitage Park, a gorgeous property along the McKenzie River. The weather was magnificent and we started off the morning with another session of Jasyoga by Erin Taylor.
Not having had any extra space in my suitcase for a yoga mat, I've been using a towel which has actually been rather nice; I feel like my feet and body are a little more connected to the ground. Here was my view for yoga yesterday:
I wish I could enjoy yoga with Erin under these trees everyday! Afterward, there were plenty of shenanigans, like bubble-blowing, hula-hooping and frisbee-throwing.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of local sandwiches, salads, fruit and some of the best cookies I've had in a while, as well as great conversation. I was able to spend time with a couple of women that I'd not been able to visit with much since I arrived, including Caitlyn who will be attending Southern Bird Camp with me in October!
Later in the afternoon, Lauren Fleshman provided a presentation/discussion session on what competition contributes to our goals as individuals, athletes, etc., and stressed the importance of "collective wisdom," or the shared experiences of others to help us learn more about ourselves. I wish I could bottle her up and send her to all of you.
Our evening fun centered around the Eugene premiere of Tracktown, a new movie written and directed by runner Alexi Pappas and her film director partner Jeremy Teicher.
The movie is about a young distance runner, Plumb Marigold, and her quest not only make an Olympic team, but also to discover her identity beyond that of an athlete. I thought it was really cute in a quirky, Napoleon Dynamite-ish (to steal a thought from my friend Lynn) kind of way. There are both heart-racing moments and moments that had me laughing out loud.
Following the showing, many of the cast and crew, including director Jeremy Teicher, were on hand to answer questions and share their appreciation for the community of Eugene, where the entire movie was filmed.
Once the event wrapped up, my roomies and I headed to the grocery store for a few more rations (lots of women = lots of toilet paper) and then back to Home Tweet Home for a snack and some sleep.
Today we'll be going on another group run from local running shop RunHub, and then the men's and women's hammer throw qualifier and final will take place, for the first time, at Hayward Field; Oiselle athlete Britney Henry will be competing and she is FIERCE!