With my next race (Club XC Nationals) in less than a week and US XC Nationals in less than 2 months, I’m bursting with excitement – especially for the week ahead! My parents will both be making the trip to Charlotte, as well as 8 former Wake Forest (the amazing school that cares about your safety.. your welcome NFL) teammates, the other two members of the future running group Sun Elite, and some good friends! I feel like a little kid – excited, naive, and even more excitement! Although at some point I will bottle up all of this excitement and turn it into competitive energy.
Initially my coach and I thought Club XC Nationals would be a competitive, but shallow field. Turned out we were wrong – it is going to be highly competitive as well as extremely deep. I’ve nervously stared at the status of entries numerous times. However, on Saturday morning when the gun goes off, I won’t be thinking about anyone else but myself. Before every race I get nervous, I study my competitors names, pictures, and PR’s. Typically I set up a certain race plan depending on whose in the field. And this race is no different. Immediately after the race I will be hard on myself while reviewing the pro’s and con’s of my race tactics. I will walk away knowing I toed the line against some of the nations best runners. And no matter how good or bad I do, I know I’ve worked hard, but am definitely not in peak shape yet (thats a good thing!) and I’ll enjoy the time I get to spend with my friends and family.
The picture above is of a desert Christmas, and the title is a quote from an excited neighborhood child. With the holiday season upon us I want to share a few things that I am grateful for – a happy home, the opportunity to live my dream, a healthy family, and a ton of love!
“Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity” – Michael Johnson