Week #I-Have-No-Clue; Monday:
Well, I eased myself back into running after a three week “rest” by slothing through my regular 5-miler. Note to self: Trying to get a good run in on the Crescent Trail at noon on Memorial Day is a BAD IDEA! On the one hand, I was thrilled to see so many families and young people out exercising. On the other, they screwed up my comeback run by clogging the trail and streets with their stupid strollers and pets! Oh well; the good hand will have to outweigh the bad one today.
But the overall good thing was that I remembered why I love running to begin with. Running is so liberating and what a total workout. To motivate myself, I often imagine I’m running the decisive and final leg of a medley relay as my high school track coach (one of the best of all time) is yelling my 200 meter splits to me (a la Donald Sutherland as Bill Bowerman in the movie “Without Limits”).
I will share with you all my best tried and true running fantasy: My old running mates Katie, Leah, and Mandy are the first three legs of the relay. Mandy opens the race with the first 400 meters, coming in second. She passes the baton to Leah, who makes up significant ground, but finishes second still. Katie meets a top class rival in the 800 meters and finishes with a great time, but in third place. She then passes the baton to me for the 1600 meter finish while our coach is telling me what times I need to make to get to second place.
So, I’m off (oh yeah, obviously we’re running in an international meet and representing the USA). After my first two laps, the announcer says something like, “And Amber Skinner from team USA is apparently not running for time but rather to win! Her first two 400s were well below her normal split time! Let’s hope she can maintain this speed and still dig down for a kick at the end…”
After 1200 meters I’m in second place again with my focus totally on the front runner (from team Russia or something like that…). The crowd is going wild, my coach is practically running with me to make sure I listen to his advise. I look up and see my family in the crowd on their feet, cheering (Wow, this is getting corny. Let me continue…)!
With 300 meters left to go (obviously) “Eye of the Tiger” starts blaring in my ears as I close in on the girl from Eastern Europe. But wait!!! “She’s started her kick far to early! What is she thinking? Now Skinner MUST kick with her to be able to stay in this race!” Two hundred meters left! “As they round the final turn, both runners look exhausted! Their respective teammates jumping and screaming encouragement from the sidelines! The crowd roars WAAAAAAAAA!” With only 100 meters left, I start my final kick, passing the leader at 50 meters. She struggles to hold on but it’s clear she started her kick too early and has nothing left to give!!!
And it’s Skinner by 10 meters! The crowd breaks onto the field. Clearly, I’m the hero of the millennium…
Anyway, that’s my best running fantasy. Maybe one day I’ll share others with you all (my little running mignons, mwuahahahaa).
Well, we need to pick another 5K race to run as a team. The Crescent Trail event happens to be the day after Chris’ birthday party and some of our participants indicated that they may still be drunk for the previous night’s escapades. This is not ideal, so I will pick another one for very soon. I am still planning on running the Crescent Trail 5K if anyone is interested. Details are as follows:
Capital Crescent Run
Sunday, June 01, 2008 – Bethesda
- 7:30am 0.25mi & 0.5mi young run (YR)
- 7:45am 5km race (CS)
Join us on a flat, fast, and shaded course for the ever-popular Capital Crescent Run. The race is free to MCRRC members, and $5 for non-members. Register on race day only.
Location & Directions
To get there from I-495 or Route 270, exit at Old Georgetown Rd (MD 187) South. Go approximately 2.5 miles then turn right onto Arlington Road. Turn left onto Bethesda Avenue, and then turn right into the parking lot at trail entrance at the intersection of Bethesda Ave and Woodmont Ave.