Tracktown USA - Day 2
For me, day two of #totallytrials16 was very exciting not only because of the events on the track, but also because of the people with whom I was able to share the experience.
To start the day, I participated in a group run with many other Oiselle teammates, led by Lauren Fleshman and Sally Bergesen; as my dear friend Cecilia mentioned so eloquently yesterday, it was definitely tough to "keep my shit together" and "not pee my pants." Thank you for describing this encounter so well, C. We all met up at the Picky Bars booth and took off for a rather hilly jaunt to Pre's Rock.
The view from the top was pretty incredible; I didn't carry my phone with me, but I'm going to get back up there before the end of the week and take some photos. Shortly after our run, we were offered an opportunity to hit reset, in real life, with Erin Taylor of Jasyoga...WHAT A TREAT.
As I mentioned to Erin, I am so grateful for Jasyoga and the benefits I've received from it as a tool to enhance my running and recovery; hearing Erin describe the poses and give instructions in real life was so amazing. We worked on hamstrings which was perfect after having been on such a long journey the day before.
We had a little time afterward to check in at the Hippy House (the Eugene HQ for The Nest), change clothes (Sally asked us all to wear our Runners Against Doping shirts), and head over to the track for the morning's action.
First up, another 800m qualifying race; this one would determine who will run in the final on Monday and, once again Kate Grace provided a heart-stopping performance and finished second to qualify for the final.
Just a few minutes after the two 800m heats, the women's 10K began and it was also pretty intense. Again, it's tough for me to try to describe what it's like to watch these fierce women fight through 25 laps and there were definitely some emotional moments. Oiselle's own Stephanie Bruce, while completing her last lap, put her hand over her heart and gave us a thumbs-up as she passed our extremely boisterous cheering section...magical.
All that cheering left us hungry...for pizza and beer...and it was delicious.
We walked around scenic Eugene for a bit and then headed back to Home Tweet Home for some rest before the evening's Power Hour, hosted by Oiselle.
Talk about starstruck, there were so many incredible women who attended the event last night; it was such a pleasure to visit with women that I've interacted with for so long and to hear them share their stories.
In addition, Chief Bird Sally introduced Linda Prefontaine, sister of Steve, and presented her with the very first of what she hopes to be annual awards to significant women in sport and to the sisterhood.
We capped off the evening with a little bit of local grocery shopping, chatting, and then it was off to bed. Today will be a little less eventful, but I'm definitely looking forward to cheering on some very fast birds in the Masters invitational this evening! Until then...